As the years continue to roll by, we lose our icons. The ones we looked up to and the ones we grew up on. You’d think it’d take some time before another wave of emotions hit after we lost so much in the year 2020.
The likes of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gigi Bryant, and Chadwick Boseman amongst others were lost to the world. This weekend, we had to deal with the loss of another cultural icon.
Earl Simmons, but more affectionately known by his stage name, DMX, a black American rapper, songwriter, and actor was confirmed to have passed on a week after suffering a heart attack. He died at the White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday, celebrating 50 years of life.
For icons like these, it’s understandable if not everything feels it on a personal level. But for those who grew up on DMX’s music and his personality, it was a major blow. When the news broke online, most thought it was a hoax.
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News that had reached us before that was that he had been admitted to the hospital and his health affairs had been complicated. But few could have predicted that these would be his last moments on earth.
DMX began his rap career in the early 1990s and his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot received critical acclaim and commercial success.
But the thing about X wasn’t just his music. It’s true that when people die, everyone seems to have something nice to say about them, sometimes a bit out of religiosity.
But X’s case was different. The personal stories and experiences that were shared online alone from fans who bumped into him and talked to him proved he wasn’t just an icon, he was human and treated everyone else that way. Not that DMX wasn’t without his flaws. But he was a good person.
We’ve lost another great one. Rest well, Earl. DMX forever.