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Complex News Presents: Remembering the Life of DMX

Dark Man X, otherwise known as DMX, was among the most prolific rappers of his era and stands as a cornerstone of New York hip-hop. Born Earl Simmons on Dec. 18, 1970, DMX had a tumultuous childhood marked by domestic abuse. He was raised in Yonkers, New York. To escape the turmoil, X would roam the streets and befriend stray dogs—animals that became symbols of him and his work.

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