(Earl Simmons)

  • Born: December 18, 1970
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Rapper, Actor









Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX, is an American rapper and actor. He began rapping in the early 1990s, and released his debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998 to both critical acclaim and commercial success, selling 251,000 copies within its first week of release. He released his best-selling album,... And Then There Was X, in 1999, which included the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)". Since debuting in 1998, DMX has released seven studio albums.

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A lot of artists that I've met let me know they're huge fans of mine.
An important and fundamental premise of the American judicial system is the presumption of innocence, that is until proven guilty.
Any performance I do, I give 110 percent.
Anything that's not positive, I don't have the energy to focus on it. Anything that's not going in the right direction, I don't have the time or the energy. Time
Columbia tried to put me behind other groups, so I didn't wanna wait, they let me out of the contract and I'm glad they did.
Do dirt, get dirt. So I treat people with the same respect that I want. Respect
Every day, I get closer to God. Every day, my will to do the right thing gets stronger. Religion & God
I been the same dude my whole life. Life
I can reach people the average person can't reach because I'm as grounded as I am.
I don't have to be working on an album to record a song.
I don't like anything about Drake.
I don't recall being excited about a new rapper, ever.
I don't walk around big headed. I'm not a superstar.
I feel like Sony appreciates good music from a talented artist. Music, Chants & Rapps
I just find myself happy with the simple things. Appreciating the blessings God gave me. Religion & God
I know I may have done some bad things, but I'm not a bad person.
I like L.A., I like the fans, I like to come out here to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think I'm gonna wear Timberlands until I die, man. They may not be the hottest thing out, but Timbs keep reinventing themselves.
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, and he's gettin' all the attention and I'd end up with a handful of spit, you know, from doing the beats.
I want 'Flesh Of My Flesh' to be like my connection to the community, I want to say what's on my peoples' minds, soak up all their pain. I've learned that when I take it all in, I can make one brotha's pain be understood by the world.
I'm a blessing to whoever gets to really know me.
I'm a King. Regardless of what I've been through and what I've done, I present myself as a King. And I get that respect from people, from everybody I deal with. I worked my whole life to establish that respect and make sure I get that respect. Life ;Respect
I'm glad that young black people are successful with the music. I'm not a hater. Music, Chants & Rapps
I'm not going to disrespect you, don't disrespect me.
I'm not the average artist.
I'm not the mixtape guy who's gonna put out a new one every month. I'm gonna allow my albums to marinate and resonate and whatever type of 'ates' they can do. I'm gonna let my music grow on them. Music, Chants & Rapps
I'm still the same. That's why the fans love me. Because they need stability in the industry. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm used to driving fast; I'm a New Yorker.
It's a waste of energy to think about what somebody else is doing and how they doing it. I'ma just do what I do.
I've done gospel songs on every album.
I've got fans and letters from Israel, France Germany, Sweden, London, Africa. They all saying pretty much the same thing, 'Yo, we love you, we need you, put some more music out, please!' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I've read every one of Donald Goines' books. So as soon as I heard there was an opportunity for one of his novels to be turned into a movie, I jumped at the opportunity.
Men, we don't get much, as far as holidays go - Father's Day.
My fans need me. I need me.
My mom put me away at 7. I enjoyed it... Being in institutions, I got three meals a day, clothes.
My mother would beat me so bad, I wouldn't be able to sit down. And I would never snitch.
My relationship with God has gotten so much stronger. He's always had his hand on me. He always guided me. I didn't always go where he wanted me to go. But He always had me. Now that I'm actually listening and being obedient, life is so much better. Life ;Religion & God
Nas is the only person whose concert I been to.
One thing about being a celebrity that I learned a long time ago was that I pretty much gave up the right to fair treatment. Time
One thing that people don't really understand is that as celebrity you rarely get fair treatment. You either get love or hate. It's never really fair. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Some people buy records just to dance to 'em. Some people buy records to listen to the radio. And there's people that buy records 'cause they listen to every song.
Somebody's upset with every movie.
The day I will never forget is the day I married my wife, Tashera. Tashera is so special to my boys and me. Her energy is enough to put anyone on a cloud. Her dedication and care gives me comfort and ease.
The truth doesn't change. It was the same when Moses got the Ten Commandments as it is today. That's the thing about the truth. That's the thing about real. It doesn't change and it doesn't have to change. Now you can put it in a different book, but it's still real. It's still the truth. Truth
There shouldn't be any violence in hip-hop. You're getting free clothes. Basically, it's free money. Money, Coins & Minting
There's a difference between violence and senseless violence.
To me, it isn't tight sweaters. That's not what rap is. That's not hip-hop at all. Every phase went through changing up their dress styles and all that, but since Run DMC came out, it's been baggy jeans.
When I was a kid, nobody in my family had a car. And I didn't have many toys. The only toys I had were the ones I would steal. Families, Children & Parenting
When I'm at home, I don't discuss business. I don't talk business. I don't answer the phone. It's just me, my wife, my children, my dogs. That's my world. Business, Commerce & Finance
When you happy, you get locked in sleep. You get sleepy happy. I always wanna be on point. I always wanna be aware.
You can't call any one person the devil. Because no one person has the power to be the devil. Power
You can't speak for the people unless you're able to walk amongst the people. And how many of these rappers out here actually hang out with regular people?