Rap artist and actor Earl Simmons, known by his recording alias Dark Man X (DMX), hails from Yonkers, New York, U.S. He has sold more than 30 million records around the world.
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Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American rapper and actor known by the pseudonym DMX (Dark Man X).
Earl Simmons was born in Baltimore, Maryland but grew up in Yonkers, in the State of New York. His parents were devout Christians so he grew up in a very religious home. His mother was a follower of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In his youth he was partly due to a robbery in a juvenile detention center. With Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Biggie Smalls, he also visited in his youth the same school. His stage name “DMX” Dark Man X means by winning the Unsigned Hype Awards of the magazine The Source and his debut single Born Loser He gained nationwide notoriety. However, the single was not a commercial success. There were other albums and singles that have been successful to some. In 1998 he joined the rap crew Ruff Ryders.
His debut album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot 1998 came on the market and rose to the top spot on the Billboard charts. Later appeared the albums Flesh Of My Flesh Blood Of My Blood (1998), … And Then There Was X (1999), The Great Depression (2001) and his fifth album Grandchamp (2003), at whose publication he end of his career announced as a musician. However, on 25 July 2005, he announced a new album, which was titled Year of the Dog … Again on August 1st of 2006. All albums except the Year of the Dog … Again rose in the Billboard Charts at # 1. Year of the Dog … Again at # 2. 2006 ran his own show called “Soul Of A Man” on the American television channel Black Entertainment Television, in which he reported on his Christian life.
Also DMX-wrote his autobiography “E.A.R.L .: The Autobiography of DMX” which appeared of 2003.
His planned for the end of 2008 albums Walk With Me Now and You’ll Fly With Me Later were moved to the summer of 2009, after he was sentenced on January 30, 2009 in Phoenix because of animal abuse, drug offenses and theft to 90 days in jail.
2011 had to DMX back to prison for various offenses (u.a for probation violation and assault). In July 2011, he was released after 7 months in prison. He then announced a new studio album.
His latest and seventh studio album “Undisputed” will be released on March 27th 2012, inter alia, with guest contributions from Busta Rhymes, Tyrese and Jennifer Hudson.
From his wife Tashera he is now divorced, the two were married from 1999 to 2010. The two have four children: Xavier, which is under the pseudonym “Sosa” also entered the Rapgeschäft, Tacoma, Shawn and Praise Mary Ella Simmons. As X announced recently in an interview from prison in Arizona, he is engaged to model Yadira Borrego, the two have a daughter.
As recently became public had DMX numerous affairs even during the marriage with Tashera. These affairs DMX had two illegitimate children by different women. Since DNA tests clearly identified him as a father, he had to pay maintenance to one of the mothers in the amount of 1.5 million dollars.