Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, has passed. He was 50 and suffered a heart attack due to a drug overdose that put him in a, "Vegetative state," before his unfortunate passing. This has made me sad as I was a fan. I remember being a teen in the 2000s when so much great rap by artists such as DMX was coming out. I would play his debut album, "It's Dark and Hell is Hot," (which came out in 1998 but I discovered a bit later) a great deal, along with his later LPs like, "Grand Champ." His first album was always my favorite, however.
Always a controversial figure who at times quarreled with other rappers I liked (he and Ja Rule would beef a lot), DMX made some stellar songs and was, in fact, a solid actor too. He was very great in, "Romeo Must Die," as well as, "Cradle 2 the Grave." As the AV Club points out, 2012's, "Undisputed," is now his last album released while he was alive, although DMX was apparently working on new material as of late. Sadly he won't be us to see how much we enjoy it when it hopefully comes out.