|Apr. 09, 2021|
|DMX, gravel-voiced hip-hop star who battled law and addiction, dies at 50|
|Rapper DMX, who rose to fame with the 1998 blockbuster debut “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” and an unmistakable raspy growl, has died after a reported drug overdose at age 50.|
The artist, born Earl Simmons, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s album charts with his first five albums. Those works solidified his reputation as an intense performer who moved boldly among party and sex-themed music and songs that brashly chronicled inner demons, abusive upbringing and struggles with faith.