The new episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast celebrates the life and music of DMX, (born Earl Simmons) who died April 9th at age 50, a week after suffering a heart attack. Jeff Ihaza and Simon Vozick-Levinson join host Brian Hiatt for the discussion, which runs through the hip-hop legend’s traumatic early years, his culture-dominating run of hits, his influence, and the personal problems that (unfairly) overshadowed DMX’s music. The episode also includes a revealing conversation between Vozick-Levinson and Ruff Ryders member Drag-On, who offers a glimpse of DMX as a friend and collaborator.
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