Earl "DMX" Simmons

Musician, Actor
A formidably talented and somewhat nihilistic performer, menacing, muscular and magnetic rapper DMX put his powerful charisma to good use, starting his film career in 1998 as his recording career was on the ascendancy ... Read more »
Born: 12/17/1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

A Day and a Life 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bleeding 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

BET Hip Hop Awards '11 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

Behind the Music 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chappelle's Show 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Couples Therapy 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Chris Rock Show 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Toll 2008 (Movie)

The Dog (Actor)

DMX: Soul of a Man 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Lords of the Street 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trippin' 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Never Die Alone 2004 (Movie)

King David--aka King Cobra (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

Fait (Actor)

Eve 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beef 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Diary 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Half & Half 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Testimony 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Def Jam Uncensored 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

Latrell Walker (Actor)

MTV20: Grab the Mic -- A Hip-Hop History 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstage 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Romeo Must Die 2000 (Movie)

Silk (Actor)

The 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Billboard Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Woodstock '99 Revisited 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hard Knock Life Tour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Belly 1998 (Movie)

Tommy Brown (Actor)

South Park 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Woodstock 99 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (37)

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

("Where The Hood At") (Song Performer)

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

("Where The Hood At") (Song)

This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

("Ruff Ryders' Anthem") (Song)

This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

("Ruff Ryders' Anthem") (Song Performer)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

("Smile") (Song Performer)

This Is The End 2013 (Movie)

("Ruff Ryder's Anthem") (Song)

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

("Lord Give Me A Sign") (Song Performer)

Not Easily Broken 2009 (Movie)

("Lord Give Me A Sign") (Song)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 (Movie)

("Party Up (Up In Here)") (Song Performer)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 (Movie)

("Party Up (Up In Here)") (Song)

School for Scoundrels 2006 (Movie)

("Where The Hood At") (Song)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("I Run Shit") (Song Performer)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("I Run Shit") (Song)

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

("Untouchable") (Song)

King's Ransom 2005 (Movie)

("Party Up") (Song Performer)

King's Ransom 2005 (Movie)

("Party Up") (Song)

Spike TV Video Game Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

"It's All Good" (Song Performer)

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

"It's All Good" (Song)

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

("Go To Sleep") (Song Performer)

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

("Go To Sleep") (Song)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

("Who We Be") (Song)

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

("Who We Be") (Song Performer)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

("No Sunshine" "Good Girls Bad Guys" (featuring Dyme) "D-X-L (Hard White)" (featuring Lox & Drag-On) "Angel" (featuring Regina Belle)) (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("Good Girls" "Party Up") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

songs("Good Girls" "Party Up") (Song)

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

("Rollin' (Urban assault Vehicle)") (Song)

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

("Rollin' (Urban assault Vehicle)" (featuring Limp Bizkit Redman & Method Man)) (Song Performer)

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

("Party Up") (Song Performer)

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

("Party Up") (Song)

Romeo Must Die 2000 (Movie)

("First I'm Gonna Crawl") (Song Performer)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

("My Niggas") (Song)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

("My Niggas") (Song Performer)

Light It Up 1999 (Movie)

("Catz Don't Know") (Song Performer)

Belly 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Belly 1998 (Movie)

("Grand Finale" "Top Shooter") (Song Performer)

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

("Whatcha Gonna Do") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Never Die Alone 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A formidably talented and somewhat nihilistic performer, menacing, muscular and magnetic rapper DMX put his powerful charisma to good use, starting his film career in 1998 as his recording career was on the ascendancy. Born Earl Simmons in Baltimore, the youngster and his five half-sisters relocated with their mother to Yonkers, New York in the early 1970s. A troubled home life led to problems at school, and a series of group foster homes where young Simmons would be sequestered due to his violent tendencies. While robbery was the way the young man made his living in his teens, a developing talent in the field of music emerged. He started out as the "beat box" in freestyle rap shows, but quickly found that more glory went to the rapper, and pursued that career. Freestyle competitions (like one where he and fellow future superstar Jay-Z were the last men standing) won him notice in the "Unsigned Hype" column in the hip-hop monthly The Source. A founder of Ruff Ryders Entertainment (the group that would go on to include and foster the talents of such stars as Eve and The Lox), DMX was signed to Sony's unrelated Ruffhouse Records in 1992, but lack of promotion left the rapper with the desire to leave his contract. Faced with his fizzled single and hot properties like Cypress Hill already on board, Ruffhouse let DMX out of their deal.

Relationships

Ray Copeland

Uncle
born c. 1965 manages DMX

Mary Hollaway

Grandmother
deceased DMX dedicated his first album to her

Tashera Simmons

Wife
raised Muslim together since c. 1987

Tacoma Simmons

Son
born in 1998 mother, Tashera Simmons

Xavier Simmons

Son
born c. 1993 mother, Tashera Simmons

Milestones

2004

Co-starred with David Arquette in the drama "Never Die Alone"

2003

Made his third film with Bartkowiak, "Cradle to the Grave", which also co-starred Jet Li

2003

Was arrested in June for using profanity during a concert on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis

2001

After various no-shows and bench warrants, began serving his 15-day sentence for driving without a license, the result of a plea bargain that got him out of jail time for speeding and possession of marijuana charges; slapped with additional contempt of co

2001

Co-starred with Steven Seagal in "Exit Wounds", directed by Bartkowiak

2001

Released his fourth album "The Great Depression"

2000

Bought a church facing eviction and founded Mary Ella House, a foundation named after his grandmother that houses and supports teenage mothers while they return to school

2000

"Backstage", a documentary chronicling 1999's Hard Knock Life Tour released, featuring candid behind-the-scenes footage

2000

Cracked the Top 40 with his anthemic single "Party Up (Up in Here)"

2000

Had a cameo as himself in an episode of "Moesha" (UPN)

2000

In keeping with tradition, didn't show up for appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, replaced by Nelly; later said he contractually obligated to be on the set of "Exit Wounds" in Canada at the time of the ceremony

2000

Played casino owner Silk in the gangland romance "Romeo Must Die", directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak

2000

Inked a publishing deal with Harper Entertainment for his autobiography, tentatively titled "A Dogz Life"

1999

His third release "... And Then There Was X" debuted at Number One on the album charts

1999

Toured with fellow rappers Jay-Z, Method Man, Redman and others as part of the Hard Knock Life Tour; the tour hit Colorado shortly after the Columbine massacre and the rappers donated their profits from the performance to the victims' families

1999

Was set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards and was dropped from the lineup for not showing up for rehearsals; replaced by Jay-Z

1999

Served two days in prison in the island nation of Trinidad, convicted of swearing at a public concert

1998

Was accused of rape, but charges were dropped after a blood sample voluntarily provided by the rapper cleared him

1998

Made feature debut in "Belly"

1998

Released multiplatinum debut album "It's Dark and Hell is Hot" in May; released the follow up "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" six months later; set a record as the only male artist to have two albums debut at Number One in the same year

1997

Signed to Def Jam Records

1992

Released the Ruffhouse Records single "Born Loser"; after its relative failure and Ruffhouse's obvious focus on more successful acts like Cypress Hill, DMX's request to be released from his contract was granted

1991

Heralded in the "Unsigned Hype" column in the hip-hop monthly The Source

1983

Resided at Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a foster center he revisited at Christmas time 2000

1978

Sent to first group home at age seven (date approximate)

Raised in various state group homes and institutions for troubled boys

Moved from Baltimore to Yonkers, New York in early childhood

Signed to the Columbia Records boutique label Ruffhouse

Allied with Ruff Ryders, a team that would later produce hip-hop stars including Eve and The Lox

Spent much of his youth between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one in and out of jail for robbery

Bonus Trivia

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On his musical evolution: "I used to do the beat box. A friend of mine, he was the rapper, and after we'd be doing a block party or something or a house party, he's getting all the attention and I'd end up with a handful of spit, you know, from doing the beats. And I was like, 'You got to the be rapper'. You know what I'm saying? The rapper's the man." --DMX to MTVNEWS.com, May 20, 1998.

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DMX on the violence in his feature film debut "Belly": "There's violence in the movie, but there's a difference between violence and senseless violence, you know what I'm saying? This is not a movie about a serial killer just going around killing for no reason. For every reason that someone's murdered in there. For every act of violence there's a reason behind it. And you can see why. 'OK, that's why he was shot -- for this reason. OK, he had to do that because of this.' It's not just killing for no reason." --to MTVNEWS.com, November 10, 1998.

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"He's a mixture of Kurt Cobain and James Dean. He's driving 180 miles in a 15 miles an hour zone." --Def Jam Records president Lyor Cohen on DMX, quoted in Daily News, January 26, 1999.

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DMX on his image: "I think I have the same energy level [as rock stars]. IT's a speak-for-the-people image. F--- the rules. Everybody wants that kind of rebel." --quoted to Daily News, December 19, 1999.

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"When I didn't have a dollar, I didn't know if I was good. Now I see that I am. I see it from all the love I get." --DMX to Daily News, December 19, 1999.

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DMX on his third album, ".,, And Then There Was X": "Once again there has to be a conversation with the devil, another conversation with the Lord and another prayer ... if it ain't broke, don't fix it." -- to GQ, February 2000.

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Surprising Rolling Stone writer Toure with his friendliness to strangers of all types during a jaunt through the streets of Los Angeles, DMX comments on the difference between his perceived persona and his real-life demeanor: "They think I'm a dawg, but I'm a gentle giant." --quoted in the April 13, 2000 profile.

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DMX on his music and message to fans: "Take it for what it's worth. My birth was a blessing. Sent to live and die on Earth; it's a blessing. We each have a star; all you have to do is find it. Once you do--everyone sees it--you won't be blinded. They'll say that you're bright and that you have a future, but when you turn your back, the same cats will shoot [you]. I look at both sides of the fence and look at what you do, when you do, when you talk and see what you really meant." --quoted in "Blood Rights", a December 8, 2000 interview with Sway on MTVNEWS.com.

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DMX was slated to take over the mantle of the Crow in the long-awaited fourth installment, "The Crow: Lazarus" playing a rap singer cut down in a drive-by who returns from the grave to collect his revenge. However, in late 2000 the project was dropped. It was briefly going to be an independent (not part of the Crow series) film and Eminem was discussed to take over DMX's role, but the project soon died away all together.

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On June 24, 2004, DMX was charged with criminal impersonation of a federal agent and attempted robbery after being arrested at Kennedy Airport in New York

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On July 26, 2010, DMX was ordered to serve 90 days in jail in connection to a reckless driving conviction from 2002. The rapper was placed on probation after he plead no contest to the crime, but has since violated his probation, and was sentenced to serve 90 days in a city jail facility.

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