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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Earl Simmons, 18 December 1970, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The leading hardcore rapper of the late 90s and early 00s, Earl Simmons was raised from an early age by his aunt in New York City’s Yonkers district. He took his name from the DMX digital sound machine, and developed a reputation as a DJ in the local projects. DMX won Source magazine’s Unsigned Hype Award in January 1991, and released the promo single ‘Born Loser’ for Columbia Records the following year. He managed to escape from Columbia’s punitive contract, but little was heard from him afterwards apart from a 1994 single, ‘Make A Move’. He made a dramatic re-entry onto the hip-hop scene with a show stopping appearance on LL Cool J’s ‘4, 3, 2, 1’. Further cameos on Ma$e’s ‘24 Hours To Live’, the LOX’s ‘Money, Power & Respect’ and the remix of Ice Cube’s ‘We Be Clubbin’’ built up a highly marketable...

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