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Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name DMX (short for “Dark Man X”), was an American rapper and actor who died on April 9, 2021.
Early in the 1990s, he started rapping. In 1998, he released his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, to critical and commercial success, selling 251,000 copies in its first week.
The number-one single “Party Up (Up in Here)” was featured on DMX’s best-selling album,… And Then There Was X, which was released in 1999. His singles “Where the Hood At?” and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” from 2003 also did well on the charts.
He was the first artist to have five consecutive No. 1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 charts. Over 74 million records have been sold worldwide by DMX.