Serious mourning in the world of music: the famous American rapper DMX , real name Earl Simmons, died last Friday at the age of only 50 years . He had been hospitalized in recent days for suspected overdose, then passed away from a heart attack, as confirmed by a spokesperson for the family at the Pitchfork website.
Famous in the 90s and 2000s, DMX was one of the most influential artists on the American and New York hip hop scene, becoming over the years one of the most popular authors of the genre ever. Earl’s music tracks have also been used in a truly impressive number of video games, including a specific chapter in the Grand Theft Auto series.
The songs “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Remix)” and “Get At Me Dog” are in fact part of the official soundtrack of Grand Theft Aut o: Liberty City Stories , a PSP spin-off of the Rockstar saga (also converted to PS2 shortly thereafter).
Other tracks were also used on Street Hoops, Test Drive: Overdrive and Def Jam Vendetta , as well as True Crime: New York City (with “Where The Hood At “). DMX was also chosen as the soundtrack for EA Sports UFC and EA Sports UFC 2 , as well as for 25 To Life and NFL Street 2 .
In 2016 the song “X Gon ‘Give It to Ya” was used in the original soundtrack of Forza Horizon 3 , the well-known open world racing developed in exclusive for Xbox One and PC consoles from Playground Games.
Simmons has also collaborated over the years with the likes of Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mase and the musical group Sum 41 . The first successful album was released way back in 1998, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.
The editorial staff of Gameshift joins the pain of all family members for the disappearance of the artist.
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