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E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX was first released to modest fanfare in 2003, but the book is currently back in the Top 50 on Amazon’s bestsellers list for biographies (it’s ranked Number 35 as of this writing).
DMX’s 18-year-old biography is just behind new releases from Brandi Carlile, Hunter Biden, and Matthew McConaughey on Amazon. Meantime, the book is completely sold out on sites like Target and moving quickly at Barnes & Noble.
Written by DMX “as told to” Smokey D. Fontaine, a former music editor at The Source, the book follows the rapper’s rise to fame, from a troubled childhood in Yonkers, New York and time in prison, to his grassroots success as a rapper, selling mixtapes on street corners, before ultimately signing with Def Jam Records. Always considered to be his official memoir, the title of the book is a play on both the rapper’s real name (Earl Simmons) and an acronym for “Ever Always Real Life.”
The rapper’s passing has also led to a surge of interest in his music, with streams and sales soaring more than 1000 percent over the two-day period immediately following his death. DMX’s best-of CD, Greatest Hits With a Twist, has also returned to the bestsellers charts. First released in 2018, the two-CD set is currently in the Top 20 of Amazon’s music charts, while DMX albums also occupy four of the Top Ten slots on iTunes.
DMX passed away Friday, one week after suffering a heart attack. He was 50 years old.