The Dichotomy of DMX

DMX ruff ryderPrince and R. Kelly have each written some of the most down and dirty sexual lyrics of all-time.   Yet, Prince also released spiritual records like “God”, “The Holy River”, and “The Cross” all before becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.   When R. Kelly wasn’t bumpin’ and grindin’, Robert bared his soul on gospel anthems like “Prayers Change”, “U Saved Me”, and “Let Your Light Shine”.   It’s not uncommon for artists to have such divergent personalities  Who hasn’t had completely opposite moods on different days?  But when you’re a high profile musician, these feelings get expressed publicly and amplified to the ultimate degree. Let’s examine rapper DMX and his outrageous dichotomous personality.

DMX prayerDMX (aka Earl Simmons, aka Dark Man X) is one of most loved and hated rap artists of his time.   Fans of the Yonkers, NY MC loved his hard hitting style and bought 30 million of his CD’s.   But his multiple extramarital affairs, public intoxication, and multiple arrests made DMX a reviled stereotype of everything that rap critics despise.    If you’ve ever purchased a DMX CD, you’ll be sure to hear many aggressive anthems like “Party Up (Up In Here)”, “Get At Me Dog” and “What These Bitches Want From Me”.   But, DMX made it a point to take a moment and thank the Lord each time.  His first 7 CD’s each contained a song called “Prayer I-VII”.    A perfect example of DMX’s split personality is an edited compilation music video of “Where Da Hood At” with “A Yo, Kato”. The song opens with a call to arms for his ‘dogs followed by a touching shout out to a close friend of DMX and Tupac who died far too young.