DMX passed away last week (April 9) after a suspected overdose resulting in a heart attack and coma. He was only 50 years old.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was born in Yonkers, NY.

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DMX stands for Dark Man X. He started rapping in the 90s and went on to have a successful music career with hits like "Where the Hood At?" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya". DMX was also in movies like Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 the Grave.

"Party Up (Up in Here)" was on DMX's third album, ...And Then There Was X. "Party Up (Up in Here)" was the second single from this album.

This was DMX's most commercially successful song. It only went to #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, but went all the way to #11 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the Billboard Hot 100 for the year 2000, "Party Up (Up in Here)" landed at #71.

According to Wikipedia, "It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance but lost to Eminem's The Real Slim Shady. The song was voted number 56 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '00s."

DMX battled a lot of demons in his life. He had legal trouble as early as 16 years old and struggled with drug addictions. There is speculation that he may have suffered from undiagnosed bi-polar disorder. All the while, he was a devout Christian and claimed to read his Bible every day.

He is survived by 15 children.

May he rest in peace.

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