Billboard charts in the late ’90s with music that was unapologetically hard and ignorant. There were plenty of rappers before him who made a living off being hard and of the street, like N.W.A, Scarface and Too Short (with whom he’ll be appearing at this show), but most of them had important stories to tell and DMX was totally uninterested in that. Instead, he sounded like he was pulled off the street, given a beat and unleashed to spit neck-breaking rap songs that laughed at the calculated image and prevailing sounds of his era. Also at the Novo, Wednesday, April 26.
Look past the substance-abuse jokes and the memes, and you can see DMX as kind of The Ramones of hip-hop. Totally not politically correct, oftentimes offensive, DMX crashed an expensive and complicatedly named Japanese motorcycle through the