A Yonkers MC who debuted with home-town friends, the Lox, on a DJ Clue mix-tape, DMX hit the big time in 1998 when his single “Get at Me Dog” which became a club and radio smash. He instantly became known for his trademark growling and barking, that appears on almost all the tracks that he records. According to popular belief, this arises from DMX’s love of dogs. He has multiple tattoos that are based on his relationship with them. He is said to believe that dogs can be a man’s only loyal friends. An interesting fact is DMX received a tattoo in remembrance of one of his dogs that died after being run over by a motorist. In a music industry that often specializes in manufactured stars – neatly wrapped packages that look the right way and do and say all the right things – it is a rare event to witness the emergence of a true artist. DMX, rap’s ruffestryder, is of this rare breed of artists. He has held the hip hop world spellbound with his raw, unbridled energy, unyielding passion and lyrics of fury since his explosive arrival in 1998, the year that was unquestionably the year of the dog.
After stand-out performances on tracks like: LL COOL J “4,3,2,1″. The Lox’s “Money, Power, Respect” and Mase’s “24 Hours to Live, DMX got the worlds attention with his own, bonified street anthem “Get At Me Dog”. He released his groundbreaking first effort “Its Dark And Hell is Hot” featuring the intoxicating, gritty joints “Stop Being Greedy” and “Ruff Ryders Anthen” which debuted at # 1 and quickly went multi-platinum. That summer after a headlining stint on the Survival of the Illest Tour, DMX retreated to the studio again… In December that year he released the classis Horror Film On Wax .. Flesh of My Flesh,Blood of My Blood, ” Flesh,” which included the Poignant, autobiographical song “Slipping” and released 6 months later after its predecessor, also held the Top spot on the charts making DMX the 1st artist to ever have two number one debuts in the same year..
After spending the 1st part of 1999 on tour with fellow Def Jam artist Jay-Z, Redman and Method Man on the most successful hip hop tour ever.. “HARD KNOCK LIFE TOUR” DMX took off for the heat of Miami to work on his next offering. Then there was X in True DMX style… Then there was X served up yet another feast of driving beats, ferocious rhymes flow and tales from the dark side.
DMX sums up his formula of success by saying , “I’m Real” And people like real… I haven’t crossed them yet I haven’t been on no fake shit yet, nor bullshit yet….they feel my shit…people like a real person ! Then Smiles…
EVERYONE LIKES A DOG THOUGH…..