DMX, 41-year-old rapper born Earl Simmons, is gearing up to release his seventh studio album on Sept. 11 that will generate proceeds for victims of the tragedy that took place 11 years ago.
He has written inspiring lyrics before. In his rhyme for “Prayer” he said:
Lord why is it that, that I go through so much pain/ All I saw was black and all I felt was rain/I come to you because it’s you that knows
To show me that everything is black/because me eyes were closed
You give me the light and let me bask in your glory/So it was only right that when you ask for this story / I put together to do all dogs some good
All dogs being all the brothers and sisters in the hood
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Domenick Nati, the rapper’s publicist, said album sales for the first week were donated to the family members of Sept. 11 victims on the anniversary of the World Trade Center buildings being demolished by airplanes in a terrorist act. However, Nati said fans should appreciate the album for more than the donations that will be generated from it, but for the quality of it.
In recent weeks he has been ordained as a Deacon and is expected to release a gospel album before Christmas.
DMX tells website Globalgrind.com, “I read the whole bible. I just been made a deacon at the church I used to go to… I would like my first sermon to be there or in Yonkers. The biggest step is not in the studying, reading, but the wanting to change the way you live. Wanting different things for yourself, and making that change because if you still want to drink and smoke, you could read as much as you want, that doesn’t mean you’re ready.”
Fans seemed to support the rapper and his decision to release his album on such a controversial date.
Have you purchased the new album? What do you think?