Produced by TMZ, the doc will examine the late Ruff Ryders legend’s explosive rise and tragic fall, and how his raw authenticity made him one of the most powerful voices in Hip Hop.
“DMX is one of rap’s most iconic figures, ascending to superstardom after rising from the streets of Yonkers to the top of the music world,” the synopsis read. “Despite his incredible success, a slew of legal and personal problems plagued the life of Earl Simmons.
“TMZ NO BS: DMX presents the story of one of the most legendary hip hop artists of all time — and the demons that haunted him until his untimely death.”
A brief teaser trailer for the documentary, which debuts on Wednesday (May 16), shows various clips of some of DMX’s biggest career moments, as well as some of his biggest blunders.
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TMZ NO BS: DMX arrives shortly after Swizz Beatz celebrated the 25th anniversary of X’s seminal track “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” and how the single ultimately kickstarted both his and X’s careers.
“25yrs ago on this Day May 5th 1998 my life changed forever,” Swizz wrote on Instagram. “That’s how Ruff Ryders Roll! On May 5th 1998 Ruff Ryders Anthem dropped. Can you believe 25 years ago, DMX lit up our screens with his Mega talent !! @hiphop50 Long Live my brother @dmx !!!! Ruff Ryders for Life @waahdean @general_over_everything.”
“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” was the third single off DMX’s debut album It’s Dark & Hell is Hot album, and though it initially peaked at No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, it reached a new high of No. 16 following X’s death in April 2021.
In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, Swizz Beatz also said the late rap legend visited in a vivid dream one night, and that he told him he was doing okay.
“Man, honestly, it don’t even feel like he’s gone,” the producer said. “It just feels like he’s away, somewhere chillin’. And then the anniversary will come around or I’ll speak to his fiancée or I’ll speak to his son and I’m like, ‘Whoa.’”
He continued: “I seen him in my dream. He came to me. And this was, like, super quick too. And he let me know he was good. I’m the person that be like, ‘He ain’t come to see you, what you talkin’ about?’ I seen him. I felt him, I can smell like — I just couldn’t hear him talk.”