News of DMX’s passing broke recently which has fans looking back at his life, many of them still don’t know what ‘DMX’ stands for. We look into this!

DMX was born, Earl Simmons. He is well known for his work in the genres of hip hop and hardcore hip hop, including his controversial lyrical styles.

Over the decades of his career, fans have always known him as DMX. Many are now wondering what the origins of his stage name are and what the meaning behind DMX is.

So, exactly what does DMX stand for?

What does DMX stand for?

  • DMX stands for “Dark Man X”, a stage name he chose for himself before fame.

The name DMX was chosen after an instrument that Simmons had used in his younger years at a boy’s home, the Oberheim DMX drum machine. It was during his time at the boy’s home that he made friends who had similar interests in hip hop music. Simmons teamed up with local rapper Ready Ron, using the stage name, DMX.

The Oberheim DMX was popularly used in the ’80s as part of new wave, synth and hip hop music. Simmons later interpreted the title ‘DMX’ to stand for ‘Dark Man X’.

DMX’s Personal life

Simmons was born on 18th December 1970 in New York, to teenage parents Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker. He is the second child in his family with two sisters. His two brothers were stillborn. He is said to have had a rough upbringing with his mother, who sent him to a boy’s home.

It wasn’t until DMX was released from prison for a second time that he started releasing mixtapes. Though before this he was already working on his music after his partnering up with Ready Ron. Though he had worked with some big names and even been signed to Columbia records, it wasn’t until 1998 that he made his big break where he released a single with Def Jam titled ‘Get at Me Dog’.

He is most well known for his two albums titled ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot’ (1998) and ‘ Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’ (1998). Following the release of these two albums, DMX was well known all over the world and continued to make music until he was recently hospitalised. He has even appeared in over 40 credited acting roles.

When did DMX pass away?

DMX was rushed to hospital earlier this month on 2nd April 2021 at 11 PM after suffering a heart attack. At the time of the incident, he was at his home in White Plains.

His manager Steve Rifkind recently provided an update and saying “Hey everybody, please stop with posting these rumours. DMX is still alive, yes he is on life support – You will be hearing a statement from the family sometime tomorrow”. This was 12 hours before his passing.

News of DMX’s passing broke at around 5 PM BST today, his cause of death is said to be due to the cardiac arrest he suffered though this has not been confirmed at the time of writing.