Dark Man X was born as Earl Simmons and spent most of his youth in and out of jail in New York. Music, particularly hip hop, was his way of escaping his life of crime and hardships. In 1998, he released his debut album, It's Dark and Hell is Hot. He also wrote his own autobiography, called E.A.R.L. The Autobiography of DMX in 2002. DMX has also acted in movies like Romeo Must Die and Last Hour.