DMX LIFE TIMELINE
DMX, also known as Dark Man X and Divine Master of the Unknown, hails from Yonkers, New York. DMX's rap styling got notice from his work on tracks by L.L. Cool J, The Lox, Ice Cube, and Onyx.
1991: When The Source came out with its column on "Unsigned Hype," DMX came out on top.
1992: DMX released the "Born Loser" on Columbia Records, but according to DMX, the record company wasn't interested in promoting his music that quickly: "Columbia tried to put me behind other groups... so I didn't wanna wait... they let me out of the contract and I'm glad they did."
1997: DMX signed with Def Jam Records.
February 1998: DMX topped the Billboard Maxi-Singles Sales chart with "Get At Me Dog" for 10 weeks.
May 1998: DMX released his debut LP, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot and went on tour with Onyx and Def Squad. The single "Get At Me Dog" was certified gold.
June 1998: DMX was arrested in New York on rape charges from an incident 3 days earlier. DMX was charged with sodomy and false imprisonment as well as the rape of a 29 year-old woman. DMX responded to the charges: "Obviously there's been a misunderstanding. It's all gonna be straightened up in a minute. But it'll all be straightened out in a bit. I didn't do anything, dog." It's Dark And Hell Is Hot was certified platinum. It's Dark And Hell Is Hot topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a week and the R&B; Albums chart for 2 weeks.
July 1998:The case against DMX was delayed until August pending results of a DNA test. DMX appeared on Jermaine Dupri's Jermaine Dupri Presents: Life In 1472 The Original Soundtrack.
August 1998: DMX, was cleared of rape and sodomy charges filed in June after DNA evidence showed he wasn't at fault. DMX's lawyer proclaimed, "DMX is dismissed by DNA!" after the judge dismissed the charges.
November 1998: DMX appeared in the film Belly and talked with MTV about the controversy over the film's excessive violence: "...there's a difference between violence and senseless violence... this is not a movie about a serial killer just going around killing for no reason... for every reason that someone's murdered in there, for every act of violence there's a reason behind it... and you can see why, 'Okay, that's why he was shot... for this reason.' 'Okay, he had to do that because of this.'... it's not just killing for no reason." It's Dark And Hell Is Hot was certified 2x platinum.
December 1998: DMX released Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood.
January 1999: DMX began the new year with good news as his new LP, Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood, debuted at the top of the charts with first week sales surpassing 670,000. Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood was certified 2x platinum at the end of the month and topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 3 weeks and the Billboard R&B; Album chart for 4 weeks.
February 1999: It's Dark And Hell Is Hot was certified 3x platinum.
April 1999: DMX and Jay-Z donated 1-night's worth of concert profits to the families of the Columbine victims when their Hard Knock Life tour hit Denver. DMX, as part of the Ruff Ryders, released Ryde Or Die Compilation, Vol. 1.
May 1999: DMX was arrested in New York for an alleged assault and had a warrant against him for an alleged stabbing in Denver - the charges were later dropped.
July 1999: DMX performed at Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York. DMX took home a Blockbuster Award for Favorite New Artist - Male. DMX spent 2 night in jail in Trinidad and was fined $25 for "using obscene language" while performing.
August 1999: DMX was named Artist of the Year, Solo and Live Performer of the Year at the Source Hip-Hip Music Awards.
September 1999: DMX was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video ("Ruff Ryders Anthem").
December 1999: DMX won a Billboard Music Award for R&B; Album Artist of the Year and released ...And Then There Was X. DMX topped the Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers as the Top R&B; / Hip-Hop Album Artist and Top R&B; / Hip-Hop Album Artist - Male.
January 2000: DMX won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist. '...And Then There Was X' debuted at #1 on Billboard's chart after selling more than 600,000 copies in the first week of release. '...And Then There Was X' was certified 3x platinum by the end of the month and topped the Billboard R&B; Album chart for 2 weeks.
February 2000: An animal protection group, the Human Society, is denouncing DMX for glorifying dog fighting in his latest video. The video for "What's My Name" does not show dog fighting, but portrays pitbulls in chains growling at each other. DMX was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B;/Soul or Rap Album (Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood).
March 2000: DMX was arrested in New York for marijuana possession and driving without a license. He was originally pulled over for speeding. DMX was honored with the Sammy Davis Jr. Award at the Soul Train Music Awards. DMX could be heard on the soundtrack for Romeo Must Die (with "Come Back In One Peice" with Aaliyah) as well as seen in the film. '...And Then There Was X' was certified 3x platinum.
April 2000: DMX appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
May 2000: DMX turned himself into New York police after a warrant was issued for missing a March court date.More charges were added when marijuana was reportedly found while processing DMX. DMX hit the Top 40 with "Party Up (Up In Here)."
June 2000: DMX was indicted on weapons and drug possession charges in New York. DMX could be heard on Busta Rhymes' LP, Anarchy, on the track "Why We Die."
August 2000: '...And Then There Was X' was certified 4x platinum. DMX, as part of the Ruff Ryders, released Ryde Or Die Compilation, Vol. 2.
September 2000: The video "Party Up (Up In Here)" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video. DMX was to perform at the ceremony, but didn't show up for rehearsals and was replaced at the last minute by Nelly. DMX topped the MTV Top 20 with "What You Want" (featuring Sisqo).
December 2000: Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood was certified 3x platinum and It's Dark And Hell Is Hot was certified 4x platinum.
January 2001: DMX was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist. A 15-day jail sentence on traffic charge (from last March) wasn't overturned by a New York judge.
February 2001: '...And Then There Was X' was certified 5x platinum. DMX was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Party Up (Up In Here)") and Best Rap Album (...And Then There Was X). DMX turned himself into New York police for a 10-day jail sentence for charges stemming from last March.
March 2001: DMX could be seen in the film Exit Wounds (and performing "No Sunshine" on the soundtrack) which topped the boxoffice its first week.
April 2001: DMX was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Artist - Rap.
July 2001: DMX was indicted by a New York court for failing to begin serving jail tim for a traffic conviction.
September 2001: The video for "No Sunshine" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.
October 2001: DMX released The Great Depression. The LP included "Who We Be" and "I Miss You" - a track dedicated to his grandmother and featuring Faith Evans. The Great Depression topped the Canadian LP charts.
November 2001: DMX topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a week and the Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a week with first week sales of The Great Depression exceeding 439,000 in the US. The video for "Who We Be" topped the MTV Top 20 Video Countdown.
December 2001: DMX hit the Top 40 with "Who We Be." The Great Depression was certified platinum. DMX, as part of the Ruff Ryders, released Ryde Or Die Compilation, Vol. 3.
February 2002: DMX was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Who We Be").
March 2002: DMX helped out vocally on a public service announcement for the Humane Society as part of his animal cruelty sentence.
August 2002: DMX's video for "Who We Be" was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video and Breakthrough Video.
February 2003: DMX could be heard on the soundtrack for Cradle 2 The Grave on several tracks - DMX also starred in the movie.
March 2003: DMX's Cradle 2 The Grave topped the box-office its first weekend of release - taking in over $17 million.
April 2003: VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes DMX at # 23.
June 2003: DMX was arrested in the Caribbean for using profanities during his concert performance.
September 2003: DMX released Grand Champ and stated it would be his last LP: "I'm going into the church. I wanna take some time off, you know, read my Bible and just get more into the word." The LP features an appearance by Patti LaBelle on the track "Thank You."
October 2003: DMX topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for a week and Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Album chart for a week with Grand Champ selling over 312,000 copies its first week of release in the US. DMX made history by becoming the first artist to debut at #1 on the LP charts with his first 5 LPs.
November 2003: Grand Champ was certified platinum.
March 2004: DMX could be seen in the film Never Die Alone.
June 2004: DMX was arrested in New York and charges included possession of crack cocaine, driving under the influence, and impersonation of a federal agent after reportedly attempting to steal a car and crashing a car at an airport parking lot gate.
December 2004: DMX plead guilty to driving under the influece and reckless endangerment and had his license suspended for six months. DMX was arrested for another driving offense - this time with speeding.
April 2005: DMX was arrested after getting into a minor vehicle accident and driving with a suspended license.
December 2005: DMX was released from jail after a month of serving a 70-day sentence at Rikers Island in New York for charges from a parole violation.
2006: DMX left Def Jam records and signed up with Sony - a new LP is expected in the summer of 2006.
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