3 Things That Keep DMX The Realest

As I scrolled down my social media timeline Tuesday morning, the first thing I saw was an image of DMX and The Breakfast Club crew.

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Heart pounding, a smile stretched across my face and I immediately shared the photo with a few of my homies. They knew THIS was serious.

Sure, X had been on The Breakfast Club before, heck he’s even made a visit to the JET/EBONY Chicago office. Sadly, I wasn’t on staff at the time, but that’s OK. Our time will come!

Tuesday morning, we got an hour-long dose of Earl “DMX” Simmons and to say that it fueled so much energy and life, would kinda be an understatement from me. See, me and X, who entered the music game as a beat-boxer, go back to the days when Columbia signed him to Ruffhouse and he dropped Born Loser.

While other chicks my age adorned their walls with the likes of Usher, Immature and any other R&B hit maker, my wall was laced with a 2002 XXL DMX article placed in a diamond shape and taped right above my boombox that had It’s Dark and Hell is Hot in the CD player and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood sitting on the table.

But with X, it was more than just the music. It was and is still his passion, poetic nature, energy, and acknowledgement of spiritual, mental and emotional battles. When it comes to the Dark Man, there’s no side-stepping the real and he dishes it whether good, bad or indifferent.

Through his struggles, run-ins with the police and all of his flaws and dope bars, X will always be a gem in hip-hop culture and the homie in my head…until we meet.

Here are three pulls from his interview with The Breakfast Club that shows the heart and realness of Dark Man X.

1. Real Talk, No Gimmicks
“You can tell that I mean what I’m saying. I do what I know how to the way I know how to do it.”

Charlamagne: “I think people were afraid to be real. You were so transparent with your music.”

DMX: “I had been broken down so all I could do was stand up.”


2. His Heart

“To me, the real award is when you’re able to walk wherever or come in contact with real fans (not at an event) doing their everyday living and they tell you, ‘Yo this song you did saved me life or this song inspired me to get out of bed in the morning.'”

“We stopped at the gas station and this lady ran up on me and she was crying, this was a different type of cry (snot-bubble type of cry), so I held her. When she was able to talk, she said she had 5 children and lost three, and one of my songs was the only thing that motivated her to get out of bed in the morning.”

Charlamagne: “Which song was it, ‘Slippin?”

DMX: “I didn’t even ask, when someone puts something that heavy on you, I was just like ‘Whoa.’ I asked God, ‘How do YOU expect me to deal with this?'”

3. Final Message Matters

“In praying you don’t always have to ask for something. Sometimes in prayer, you can just be like ‘Yo, thanks God for what You already gave me.'”