MCM: DARK MAN X (DMX) FOR GQ OCTOBER 2019 ISSUE
Photographs by Awol Erizku
Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu
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Set design by Lauren Nikrooz at The Magnet Agency
Snake from All Creatures Great & Small
BRIEF EXCERPT FROM STORY BY MARK ANTHONY GREEN:
It's easy to forget how successful DMX was. To this day, he's the only rapper to have his first five studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He is the only living rapper to have two albums go platinum in the same year. He starred in massive-budget action films. And he made millions. It's easy to forget the highs because of his lows. X has, for example, been to jail some 30 times in his life. Charges against him vary—from drug possession to robbery to probation violation and everything in between. He's struggled with an addiction to crack cocaine. He has 15 kids and unsuccessfully tried to file for bankruptcy as recently as 2016. (The case was dismissed.) But his latest return from prison feels different. Even in a world where hip-hop is now controlled by kids a fraction of his age with fuchsia-colored dreads and face tattoos, there seems to be a cultural demand for DMX. He did Kanye's Sunday Service weeks after being released—where he delivered a prayer that was harder than any freestyle we had seen that year. People began to tweet old clips of him performing in his prime. Friends like Swizz Beatz began to hype up the Dog's return.
Eventually the now 48-year-old DMX returns from his nap and Exodus falls asleep. Which is when we head inside the quaint pool hall. He puts $2 in the jukebox and runs through nothing but love ballads (Teena Marie's “Out on a Limb” kicks things off) before beating me, handsomely, in a round of pool. He also beats a white guy wearing an “I Stand for the Flag” T-shirt who was starstruck by DMX.
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