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An Unscheduled In Memoriam

from Tony Nash,

Hello to my Followers, those I’m Following, and any Curious Visitors,

Today is a little bit of somber post for me, as I had really hoped I wouldn’t have to write it, at least for a while longer. Just now I learned that one of my favorite Classic Rap artists of my teen years, Earl “DMX” Simmons, has passed away at the age of 50 from a drug related heart attack that left him in a vegetative coma. While I did lose a lot of interest in Rap music as I matured into college, DMX and Snoop Dogg were two of the guys I still took time to listen to on YouTube, something about their songs and styles that just struck me as great listening. Like any teen, you kinda wanna try your hand as what people you like do, and for a while I had Rap aspirations to work with the artists I listened to, especially Snoop, X, and Eve (Philly born like myself). I never wanted to exactly emulate any of the Rap guys I listened to as I never found getting into trouble Romantic in any way, but I tried not to pass judgements on them either.

As we all know, most Rap artists have their problems and controversies, but I think DMX was a little different in that he did try not to repeatedly fall into the same holes his contemporaries did, but the demons of his childhood and teen years proved to be very powerful foes that just wouldn’t leave him alone. This certainly doesn’t justify many of his own wrongdoings, but that he never denied anything he did I think made others less harsh on him.

I’m certainly sad that DMX is no longer around and making music, but I do want to thank him for giving me something to like during a period where I was trying all sorts of things figuring out what I wanted to do for a career. Like a lot of people during this crazy COVID time, I’ve felt all out of sorts, and what happened with DMX did put things back into perspective and reality, and helped me a great deal to see that the Pandemic will eventually come to an end.

RIP DMX, you will be missed and always remembered

DMX dead at 50, family confirms | WWLP
Earl “DMX” Simmons (1970-2021)

(This is probably the most personal I’ve ever gotten with a post, but something was compelling me to write it the moment I knew DMX passed away. It’s always a little sad when something like someone’s passing or troubles is what puts everything back in perspective when you’re feeling low, but at the same time those same individuals help you in that they give you the strength to pull yourself out of your funk, move forward, and think more positively.)

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