Earl Simmons, better known under the name of DMX passed away this Friday, April 9, 2021 at the age of 50.

This is the kind of article one would rather not write, at least as late as possible … the legendary DMX died at the age of 50 after a heart attack from an overdose. The information was announced to XXL media by the DMX family.

Hospitalized Saturday, April 3 near New York, after a heart attack caused by an overdose, Earl had been in critical condition for several hours, in the vegetative stage. Info relayed by TMZ, which had unfortunately been confirmed by his lawyer. Between life and death, the hours of DMX were clearly numbered and the doctors present were rather pessimistic. This Friday, April 9, the New York rapper left.

Born in Mount Veron, New York on December 18, 1970, DMX grew up in the Yonkers neighborhood, which would become the home of the Ruff Ryders collective to which he belonged. A battered child and runaway, Simmons took refuge in music at the age of 18, starting with the beatbox. 9 years later, he landed his first contract with Def Jam and released his first album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998 which was a huge success in the USA thanks to his unique voice and flow. He then followed the successful albums for several years like … And Then There Was X, sold 6 million copies in 1999. He will be the first artist to place 5 consecutive albums at No. 1 on the Billboard. But in 2008, he encountered problems with the law and took a break of almost 3 years in his musical career.

His last album Undisputed Date of 2012 and since nothing. In recent months, DMX was also in the process of preparing a new album with Swizz Beatz scheduled for 2021 … In addition to music, Earl had another career in the cinema with several films to his credit: Belly, as Romeo must die with Jet Li and Aaliyah, Out of bounds, On reprieve…

Stunned by this terrible news, it is really hard to believe that he left us… Because for many American rap listeners like us, X was a real legend, a lively skinny with a unique grain of voice that punctuated our songs. lives, our evenings… with hits by the dozen and tens: X Gonna Give To Ya, Party Up, Ruff Ryder’s Hymn, We Right Here… and the list is far too long.

Obviously, all our thoughts are with his family, his loved ones, his children… Hip hop still loses a legend too soon, but what is certain that his music will remain eternal and continue to resonate in our ears… still for a long time. Thank you for everything X, we miss you already.