->"''Musicians often put on an exaggerated persona when on stage to make themselves seem more legitimate to the audience. Whether it's bragging about the number of women they lay or the fineness of the Maseratis they drive, this kind of casual exaggeration is perhaps most common in hip-hop artists.''

->''DMX, on the other hand, is not in any way exaggerating when he describes being a bad, bad man in his songs.''"
-->--'''Website/{{Cracked}}.com''', "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18586_the-7-most-impossible-rock-stars-to-deal-with.html The 7 Most Impossible Rock Stars To Deal With]]"

Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970), more widely known by his stage name DMX, is a rapper and actor from Yonkers, New York. The name DMX was originally not an acronym, but simply part of a name taken from a popular drum machine of TheNineties, the Oberheim DMX. However, the acronym has come to stand for "Dark Man [[XtremeKoolLetterz X]]," with X meaning "unknown".

DMX is widely known for his harsh, gravelly voice, his extremely violent subject matter, constant [[ClusterFBomb Cluster F-Bombs]] and NWordPrivileges, rampant sexism and homophobia and the frequent call-and-response lyrics used in his songs. That, and his extensive arrest record. He occasionally acts, with his most high profile acting role is probably ''Film/Cradle2TheGrave'' opposite Creator/JetLi.

He loves dogs, his levels of obsession ranging from owning a succession of beloved pets to [[{{UsefulNotes/Otherkin}} identifying as a dog himself]], frequently barking and growling in his songs and even eating dog food.

* ''It's Dark and Hell Is Hot'' (1998)
* ''Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood'' (1998) [[note]]with this, he became the first artist to release two #1 albums within a year[[/note]]
* ''...And Then There Was X'' (1999)
* ''The Great Depression'' (2001)
* ''Grand Champ'' (2003)
* ''Year of the Dog...Again'' (2006)
* ''Undisputed'' (2012)
* ''Redemption of the Beast'' (2015)
!!This artist provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: His mother starved him and abandoned him in a group home.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Used in ''Damien III''
-->'''Damien''': What happened to the right hand, ''Light Man?''
-->'''X''': Nah, that's ''Dark Man''
-->'''Damien''': Well, let's get it right, then.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Good Girls, Bad Guys" from ''...And Then There Was X'' provides a somewhat humorous take on this.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: "Lord Give Me a Sign" begins with DMX quoting Isaiah 54:17.
* BadassPreacher: He always finds a way to insert a full-blown prayer track into his albums in between the gangster joints.
* BigWhat: Pretty much every [[VerbalTic second word]] in most of his songs.
* CallAndResponseSong: The ''Damien'' series, as well as ''Angel'' and a few other songs.
* CallBack: In ''Damien III''- "What happened to the right hand, Light Man?" is a CallBack to ''Damien'''s "For that nigga, I would bleed/ give him my right hand/ now that I think about it, yo, that's my man!"
* ChronicVillainy: Referenced occasionally in his ''Prayer'' songs, as well as ''Ready To Meet Him.''
* CreatorThumbprint: DMX ''loves'' dogs. Specifically, pitbulls.
* DealWithTheDevil: "Damien" and its sequels.
* DreamTeam: His collaboration with Eminem.
* EvilDetectingDog: In "Damien II", a dog is terrified of and barking at the mysterious man who is later revealed to be the Devil.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: ''The Great Depression'''s "I Miss You" is an ode to his late grandmother.
* DisappearedDad: His father left him and his mom to take care of themselves.
* DownerEnding: The song "ATF" ends with DMX dying in a shootout with police.
** Actually insinuated it was all a dream.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "The Professional," X tells the story of a hitman from a first-person perspective.
--> ''I could be the one driving the school bus that yo kid's in / Except that I don't like to involve women and children''
* EvilSoundsDeep: In the "Damien" series, the titular character usually has a strange yet not necessarily deep voice. However, should he get serious about something, this trope goes into full swing.
** Any time he takes his shirt off onstage, wave of fangirl shrieks--more girls than you'd ever think would be at a hardcore rap concert--is sure to follow.
* FosterKid: Lived in group homes and foster homes for a while after his mother abandoned him.
* HairTriggerTemper: [[SarcasmMode If his arrest record and his music wasn't evidence enough]].
* {{Horrorcore}}: ''It's Dark and Hell Is Hot'' and ''Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood''.
* ILoveTheDead: This lyric from "Bring Your Whole Crew":
--> ''I got blood on my hands and there's no remorse / I got blood on my dick 'cause I '''fucked a corpse!'''''
* ListSong- "Who We Be" from ''The Great Depression'' and "What These B***ches Want" from ''...And Then There Was X''.
* LonersAreFreaks: "How many times do I have to tell you rap niggas I have no friends?!" (from "What's My Name?")
* LyricalTic: He makes frequent use of growls, barking, "uh!", and "come on!" in his songs
* MoodWhiplash: His video for "Where Da Hood At?" is his typical violent gangster rap (sprinkled with a little gay bashing), but then it goes into a clip of "Ayo Kato," a sweet, sad tribute to a deceased friend.
* MoralDissonance: DMX will go from gangster raps about committing murder to what are essentially ''gospels'' within the same album.
* MrFanservice: Has quite a number of female fans, must be the [[ShirtlessScene allergy to shirts]].
* MythArc: The "Damien" story crosses songs from three different albums.
* ProfessionalKiller: "The Professional" from ''...And Then There Was X'' has DMX portray a contract killer as opposed to simply a gangster.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Commonly used, but most evident in "What's My Name?", where he recites his name, the title, and numerous other phrases IN! THIS! MANNER!
* SopranoAndGravel: His duets with Aaliyah and Monica.
* VerbalTic: "What?!", "C'mon!", and ''dog barks and growls'', among other things.
** The barking even surfaced during his ''Behind the Music'' episode, while he was talking about his dead grandmother.