Artist Focus: DMX

Some artists leave a legacy that stretches far beyond a great single or a number 1 album. 

Artist Focus is a new series hosted by the extended Melodic Distraction family that deep dives into the life and times of the musicians that have defined the sound of modern music. From the stone cold classics to the unearthed gems and forgotten B-sides, our community tribute an hour of music by a single artist that has had a notable impact on their life.

One of rap’s most mercurial figures, DMX blew up on the late nineties hip hop scene before crossing over to global prominence, with his first five albums hitting number one. As the spiritual leader of the Ruff Ryders clique, he helped usher in stars like Eve and The Lox with a sound that married his undeniable energy to a heartfelt portrayal of the hardships of living on the streets.