DMX Looked Back on Journey to Rap Stardom in Last Recorded Interview Before Death

by Emily Morgan

Just weeks before his death, DMX, also known as Earl Simmons, sat down for what would be his final interview. In March, the 50-year-old rapper sat down for an interview with TVOne’s to reflect on his life and legacy. 

“I always say I’m gonna look back on my life just before I go and thank God for every moment. For every single moment,” he said. DMX also got open and honest about his struggles to find success. He also confessed that people told him that he wasn’t going to make it as an artist nor live long. He added, “Up until I was 20, I was told I wouldn’t live to see 20.” 

According to the rapper, it became his life’s goal to “outlive everybody’s expectations. And not just outlive but outperform, outlast ’em.” He added, “Every good idea is a gift from God, and how you say thank you is by using it.”

Tragically, DMX died on April 9 in New York after being rushed to a hospital a week earlier due to a heart attack. After his family took him off life support, they announced via a statement that he passed away as “a warrior who fought till the very end.” 

On April 25, his family said their final goodbyes at his funeral service.

Final Recorded Interview With DMX Set to Be ‘Uncensored’

On April 29, Urban One, the nation’s largest black-owned media company, announced that DMX’s last interview would air in May. Cathy Hughes, the company’s founder, stated that the rapper “opens up about his personal life in his own words. DMX sat down with our team and was completely UNCENSORED.”

“We have one hour with the late rapper in his own words,” Hughes said in a press statement. “For DMX to be with us just three weeks before God called him home, I believe it’s truly divine intervention. I thank Nikki from SWIRL films for staying the course because he kept telling her ‘no,’ but thankfully we were able to make it happen. His family, fan club, friends, and supporters will be happy with the way he told his story for the last time. The two-part special will air directly before the annual Urban One Honors. I’m particularly excited because I feel like this will be the biggest night in TVOne History.”

Fans can watch part one of the two-part interview titled Uncensored DMX on Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m. E.T. on TVOne.