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An upcoming HBO documentary on DMX life called “Don’t Try to Understand,” will focus on a one-year sentence for felony tax evasion. The documentary is set to reveal the truth behind DMX career, from his drug addiction to criminal past and the way he dealt with money. The documentary will also show how the rapper inspired many fans across the world and other artists as well. The documentary is directed by Christopher Frierson and co-directed by Clark Slater, and executive produced by Bill Simmons (HBO’s Andre The Giant, Showbiz Kids).
Christopher Frierson explained to NBC, “I think that people who are fans or people who have maybe not even heard of his music can find things within his story, within his path dealing with abuse, trauma, addiction, family issues they can find something that resonates with them because he’s kind of like the everyman rapper.” One of the scenes in the documentary sees DMX talking to a group of young men on a street corner in Yonkers. One of them cries in front of X, who manages to connect with him.
DMX’s career started in 1998, and throughout it, he sold over 74 million albums. He made groundbreaking history dropping five No. 1 albums from ‘98-‘03. He’s the first and only rapper to attain this achievement. He also had a successful movie career, landing roles in classics like Belly, Cradle 2 The Grave, Romeo Must Die, and more.
DMX: Don’t Try To Understand debuts Thursday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Check out the trailer: