To honor the life of the beloved hip-hop icon Earl “DMX” Simmons, BET will televise and stream “BET REMEMBERS DMX.”
In-person attendance to the homegoing celebration is restricted to close friends and family due to health and safety guidelines.
Earl “DMX” Simmons was a prolific writer and lyricist. His music legacy is cemented, being the first rapper to accomplish having his first five albums debut at #1 and the only to have his first two albums debut at #1 in the same calendar year.
In addition to the homegoing celebration, BET will air special programming that day to remember Simmons, including a selection of films and documentaries starring or featuring the late recording artist and actor.
“DMX is a musical icon whose impact was truly groundbreaking and transcended generations. The authenticity and transparency in his music were profound, creating a lane of his own that changed hip-hop forever. BET is proud to pay our respect to a legend and show our love and support to DMX’s family during this difficult time,” said Connie Orlando, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy.
For more information, visit BET.com and join the conversation using the hashtag #BETRemembersDMX.
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Born Earl Simmons on December 18, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland, DMX, also known as Dark Man X, grew up in the School Street Projects of Yonkers, New York.
DMX was a lonely boy. Despite his five sisters, the future-rap star was often left alone to walk the streets of his neighborhood, entertain himself, and find his answers.
From this, he says, came his inner strength and his penchant for examining his world, inside and out, an ability that would later be the primary appeal in his candid lyrics about ghetto life.
In his solitude, DMX also learned to befriend dogs, developing such a strong bond with his canine friends that he had the name of his former pet, Boomer, tattooed on his back after the dog was struck and killed by a car.
DMX often employs dog imagery in his lyrics, exemplified by his smash debut single “Get At Me Dog.”