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Social media ran with the drug-related DMX story quickly because it got clicks and helped keep their lights on for another month, but they never waited until the family talked or gave their side.
As a black man living in this society, I know it’s easy to get caught up in demonizing someone you don’t like and then gathering others to create a crew to go after someone’s integrity to tear them down. It’s happened to us at WayneDupree.com for years. Still, we continue to do what we told you we would, which means offer an alternate opinionated view of what the mainstream media gives you so you can be informed rather than indoctrinated.
Many spread the story that DMX had overdosed on drugs and was left in a vegetative state. The DMX that I saw, I don’t know him personally, held Bible studies during the pandemic and helped people accept Jesus as their personal savior.
Yes, you can love God, believe in His Son, and never quite get free of all of your demons.
— Nicola (@namenzie) April 3, 2021
So the narrative that was out there tapped into a lot of racist innuendoes and made up minds that he had to have done drugs to be where he was and have the results of what he has and that I couldn’t accept. I didn’t know the family would come out and tell the world that DMX had received the COVID vaccination before he was hospitalized. My jaw dropped.
A quick history lesson on DMX that most of you don’t know but made up your mind to accept the evil narrative to satisfy your spirit. I remember reading watching a video where DMX explained how one of the individuals he looked up to had tricked him into doing drugs at an early age, and it hurt him from that day on. He had trusted this friend, and while he talked about it, he was choked up and shed a tear because it hurt him so. It wasn’t soft drugs; it was crack cocaine.
On Saturday morning, things became a lot more clear:
[MTO News] In an EXCLUSIVE interview, MTO News spoke with DMX’ family member who told us that the rapper received the COVID vaccine about a week before he suffered from the heart attack.
DMX’s family member told MTO News, “[DMX] got the vaccine when they opened it up to people over 50. He got it so that he could go travel and perform, stuff like that.”
New York State opened up the COVID-19 vaccinations for people over the age of 50 in mid March. And the family member suspects that DMX heart attack could have been a reaction to the vaccine. The family member explained, “Everyone [in the news] keeps saying that [DMX] had a drug overdose. How do they know. I’m in the family and no doctor told me anything about an overdose.”
The family member is FURIOUS about the speculation surrounding DMX drug use. She told MTO News, “Yes he had past issues with drugs. But nobody knows that he had an OD. It’s f**cked up that its being reported like that.”
She told MTO News that she – and the family – are considering taking legal action against news publications prematurely concluding that DMX suffered a drug overdose. But what is clear – according to the family member – is that DMX did take the Covid vaccine.
MTO released this disclaimer: “We generally do not post single-source stories. The source for the information—MTO News—is a heavily trafficked site (over 10 million visitors per month) with contacts in the rap world. Though we have not been able to independently confirm the interview with a member of Simmons’ family, we are running the story based on the influence of the source publication.”
Just because DMX is black, a rapper, and hospitalized doesn’t mean he was doing drugs. These people are human too, and there could be other things that lead up to the situation, as in this case. So many online accounts claim they aren’t racists, but your outward actions could be tagged as such because you’re so quick to conclude the worst about people of color. If you don’t know the person, why lump him/her into a narrative of others. The bottom line is you don’t know, so wait. Is it that hard?
According to his family, DMX died after getting the COVID vaccination. How dare you push the narrative without having any knowledge of the reformed rapper or his last days.
Another thing you didn’t know. DMX was against the music industry. He kept trying to inform and educate young new artists/rappers to clarify certain things because the industry would eat them up and spit them out. His bible studies online helped many, and if you take the time to read many of their responses, he fulfilled his purpose here on earth.
Wake up and stop letting online media create more racists.
#RIPDMX (Earl Simmons)..
One thing I will leave to remember is when DMX hosts a virtual bible study session live on Instagram in 2020 leave alone the 90s hitz. We will miss u, Simmons. pic.twitter.com/nr92XQ1MdG
— KᖇIᘔ ᒍᑌᗪᗴ 🇺🇬🇦🇮 (@ChrisOchen1) April 9, 2021
Watched DMX host a Bible Study last summer on IG. I felt more ‘acceptance’ on that live than a lot of churches that I’ve been to.
— Silkk the Chakra (@bleuzislife) April 9, 2021
My last memory of DMX will be his COVID Bible study popping up on my Instagram….what I saw was just so pure, so him.
RIP 🙏🏾 https://t.co/waWeG4L5Uk
— Jazmin Bailey (@JazminMBailey) April 9, 2021
I remember being in a teens bible study meeting in the early 2000s & the leader trying to relate to us by saying that anyone could bring souls to Christ cause look at how DMX prayed on his albums.
— Mars and Stars (@marcia_too) April 9, 2021
DMX’s most recent music release was for a new Christian song released by evangelist Mike Servin.
It’s titled “Prayer”
Exactly a year ago, he led thousands of his followers on Instagram in a Bible study calming the anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.
— Pst. Gbenro (@gbenro) April 9, 2021
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