DMX "Party Up"

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, DMX relocated early in his childhood with some family members to Yonkers, a suburb just outside of New York City. He spent much time either on the streets committing crime selling drugs or living in group homes. Hip-hop, however, was an escape from his hard times, as he enjoyed beatboxing, turntablism, and eventually rapping with famed rapper Just Ice. The initials DMX originate from an earlier stage name of Dark Man X.