Earlier this year, rapper DMX tragically passed away after multiple organ failure following a cocaine-induced heart attack. His death sent fans and friends into mourning, paying tribute to the MC. His legacy was honored by millions, and following his death, his birthday, December 18th, was declared “Earl DMX Simmons Day” by the New York state Senate.

Now, his fans will be able to take part in the rapper’s life following his release from prison in 2019 (DMX served 12 months for multiple counts of tax fraud), when he tried to turn his life around.

Following DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, the documentary captures the late rapper rebuilding his career and connecting with family as well as his fans. It shows him working on the album Exodus, which was released post-humourosly. In the trailer, Simmons speaks to fans telling them the story about his tough upbringing and background, encouraging them to “turn the pain into words.”

DMX also speaks about his struggles with fame,  saying “do you really love me, or do you just want to get something from me?” He also goes on to explain that his goal “is to be an inspiration to someone I don’t know.”

Dubbed DMX: Don’t Try To Understand, the documentary is directed by Christopher Frierson and will be released together with HBO.

Following the release of the trailer, fans have sung their praises for the rapper in the comments, writing, “I love when artists are vulnerable and wear their emotions on their sleeve. It’s very empowering to connect to someone like that as a fan. X was an immense talent but his greatest gift was his heart,” and “Cannot wait to see DMX in this. Trying to help people not make the same mistake he did. This looks powerful.”

Watch the trailer for DMX: Don’t Try To Understand above, and watch the documentary on  November 25 at 8pm on HBOMax.


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