DMX

Earl Simmons

Highest Rated: 56% Pimp (2018)

Lowest Rated: 10% Woo (1998)

Birthday: Dec 18, 1970

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A formidably talented performer, 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. 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. Five years later, Def Jam stepped up to the plate and signed DMX, launching what would become a stellar career. With a fearsome bark and insightful lyrics that largely focused on the internal struggles between good and evil, DMX made 1998 his year, with two multi-platinum albums released (both debuting at Number One on Billboard's charts). That year he also made his feature debut in the hip-hop organized crime drama "Belly," playing "ghetto president" Tommy Brown, a thug about town who grows apart from his aptly named, more intellectual childhood friend and conspirator Sincere (fellow rapper NAS). DMX released the successful "...And Then There Was X," an album that spawned the musician's first Top 40 hit, the remarkably catchy "Party Up (Up in Here)." The multi-platinum album debuted at Number One in December of 1999. A featured role in the Jet Li gangland vehicle "Romeo Must Die" (2000) didn't showcase DMX to his full ability, but it did at least establish that "Belly" wasn't a fluke. The well-made hip-hop tour documentary "Backstage" put the rapper on the big screen again in 2000. While he made headlines for his soap opera-like dealings with a Cheektowaga, New York court and a 15 day jail sentence, DMX's co-starring role in "Exit Wounds" (2001) hit theaters. Playing a street smart crime lord who joins up with Steven Seagal's burnt-out cop to battle police corruption, DMX would prove his star status with a far bigger role than he had in previous efforts. DMX's fourth album, "The Great Depression," which dropped in the summer of 2001, was the rapper's most introspective work yet and showed a definite progression in his development as an artist. 2003 found DMX back working in film, co-starring alongside Jet Li in "Cradle 2 the Grave."

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chronicle of a Serial Killer Detective White (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 17% Beyond the Law Detective Ray Munce (Character) - 2019
56% 96% Pimp Midnight John (Character) - 2018
44% 44% Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story Himself (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 7% The Bleeding Tagg (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 11% The Last Hour Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 4% Jump Out Boys Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 6% Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent Nick (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 21% Death Toll The Dog (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 60% Father of Lies Paul (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet DMX: Ride or Die Unknown (Character) - 2004
26% 61% Never Die Alone King David (Character),
Producer,
Original Music
$5.6M 2004
26% 52% Cradle 2 the Grave Tony Fait (Character) $34.6M 2003
33% 45% Exit Wounds Latrell Walker (Character) $51.8M 2001
31% 78% Backstage Himself (Character) $1.2M 2000
32% 61% Romeo Must Die Silk (Character) $56M 2000
48% 43% The Corruptor Original Music $15.2M 1999
10% 62% Woo Original Song $8.1M 1998
16% 87% Belly Tommy 'Buns' Bundy (Character) $9.6M 1998

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Music Performer,
Guest
2020 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drink Champs Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Breakfast Club Power Hour Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Breakfast Club Guest 2016
94% 77% Fresh Off the Boat Himself (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Phil Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iyanla, Fix My Life Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Couples Therapy Unknown (Character) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Drew's Lifechangers Music Performer,
Guest
2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Third Watch Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Music Performer 2000
81% 88% South Park Himself (Guest Voice) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chris Rock Show Guest 1998

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