Earl Simmons (born 18 December 1970), better known by his stage name DMX, is an American rapper and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which featured the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)". He has acted in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour. In 2003, DMX published a book of his memoirs entitled E.A.R.L: The Autobiography of DMX. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily aired on the BET cable television network.
DMX is well known for his violent and overall dark theme in his lyrics, presented in a confronting vocal delivery. DMX has sold over thirty million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling hip hop artists of all time.