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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 The Nineties, the Oberheim DMX. However, the acronym has come to stand for "Dark Man of the Unknown (or X for short)."DMX is widely known for his harsh, gravelly voice, his violent subject matter (particularly in his earlier albums), and the frequent call-and-response lyrics used in his songs. That, and his extensive arrest record.Discography by release date:
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot: 1998
Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood: 1998 (with this, he became the first artist to release two #1 albums within a year)
Call Back- In Damien III- "What happened to the right hand, Light Man?" is a Call Back 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!"
Chronic Villainy- Referenced occasionally in his Prayer songs, as well as Ready To Meet Him.
Hey, It's That Voice!- Having guest rappers Jadakiss and Styles P on a song from Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood is pretty par for the course for a rap album. Having Marilyn Manson most certainly is not.
Many people thought "Damien" was just DMX doing a high pitched voice. It's actually Mos Def.
Horrorcore: It's Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood.
I got blood on my hands and there's no remorse / I got blood on my dick 'cause I fucked a corpse!
List Song- "Who We Be" from The Great Depression and "What These B***ches Want" from ...And Then There Was X.
Loners Are Freaks: "How many times do I have to tell you rap niggas I have no friends?!" (from "What's My Name?")
Lyrical Tic: He makes frequent use of growls, barking, "uh!", and "come on!" in his songs
Mood Whiplash- 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.
Moral Dissonance- DMX will go from gangster raps about committing murder to what are essentially gospels within the same album.