Entertainment giant HBO has released the first trailer for its emotional documentary on the late rapper and actor DMX. Entitled DMX: Don’t Try to Understand, the original documentary is set to chart a year in the life of the prominent artist as he worked to rebuild his career and reconnect with family and fans. Tragic and uncompromising, Don’t Try to Understand promises a serious behind-the-scenes look at one of the embattled stars to ever take up the rap game.
‘DMX: Don’t Try to Understand’
DMX, a rapper who is known as much for his troubles as his music, has died, his family announced in a statement. He was 50.”We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” family’s statement read in part.”Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the family continued. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”
- The artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman.
- Artists, athletes, and other celebrities paid tribute to him on social media Friday.
As an artist, DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was one of the most innovative and electric performers of the late ’90s and early ’00s. His trademark raspy voice, the product of childhood bronchial asthma, was undeniably brutal, particularly when pair with his less than subtle lyric components. But despite breaking through the industry bubble, transcending music, and excelling in film, DMX was plagued with addiction, financial and legal troubles.
In April 2021, when the rapper appeared to be getting his life back on track, DMX was hospitalized after a cocaine-induced heart attack. He never regained consciousness and died of multiple organ failure a week later, prompting an outpouring of support for the polarizing artist.
“My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man,” actor Chriss Redd tweeted. “DMX was easily my favorite artist growing up. I had every album, every ruff Ryder song, followed any artist he endorsed. Man…RIP the dog.
There will never be another like him.”DMX (Dark Man X) began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” in 1998. With the deaths of fellow rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur before he burst on the scene, DMX became one of the reigning stars of hardcore hip hop and was the premier artist signed to the Ruffhouse Records label. His single, “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” helped to seal his critical and commercial success.
While his time on earth may have been contentious, DMX’s rise and fall make for interesting viewing. According to the official synopsis outlined by HBO, DMX: Don’t Try to Understand, follows the rapper upon his release from prison in early 2019. An eye-opening look at the rapper’s attempts to rebuild his career in the music industry and reconnect with family and fans, the trailer for the original documentary is harrowing, to say the least. “Unfolding in a cinéma vérité style and with unfettered access, the film bears witness to a man searching for reinvention and redemption, striving to stay true to himself while reestablishing his roles as a father, an artist and an icon,” the synopsis reads.
For fans of the late rapper, DMX: Don’t Try to Understand might hit a little too close to home. For years, there were conflicting reports over whether the artist was still using, if religion had taken hold or if his time was finally catching up with. Watching it play out in real-time paints an entirely new picture.
DMX: Don’t Try to Understand is directed by Christopher Frierson and premieres November 25 on HBO Max. You can watch the first trailer for the new documentary above.