The Spirituality of DMX

Yolanda Gibson
2 min readApr 10, 2021

DMX soul embodied so many distinct elements of spiritual and physical life. Through his music he wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable and tell his story about the pain and the beauty of it all. He appeared to be a man that hated what he hated and loved what he loved. Thus, it is understood that DMX loved God, and he knew that he could transform many souls though his platform.

He used his gritty voice as a platform to present passionate rapping and storytelling to intertwine his love for his spiritual father. It has been stated by those that knew him that he began and ended every concert with a prayer. He was trying to save souls, because he knew that many souls were hurting like his soul had hurted. He details his pain on his track, “Slippin’:

“I been through mad different phases like Masons; To find my way and now I know that happy days are not far away; If I’m strong enough I’ll live long enough to see my kids; Doing something more constructive with they time; Than bids I know because I been there now I’m in there; Sit back and look at what it took for me to get there; First came the, the drama with my mama; She got on some fly sh** till I split; And said that I’ma be that seed, that doesn’t need much to succeed. Strapped with mad greed and a heart that doesn’t bleed…Ay yo I’m slippin’ I’m fallin’ I can’t get up, Ay yo I’m slippin’ I’m fallin’ I can’t get up, Ay yo I’m slippin’ I’m fallin’ I gots to get up Get me back on my feet so I can tear sh** up”

This piece is a very reflective piece about his life as he is thinking about what caused the pain and the result of that pain on his life. He understood that all of these factors were the reason for the pain that he possessed within, but even though he went through so much as a child and adult he also understood that HE HAD TO GET UP, and his audience felt that.

His albums referenced a plethora of themes referring to light and darkness, falling and redemption, heaven and hell…he was trying to find peace. He was a human being that experienced highs and lows but he knew that he wasn’t alone. He knew that he had God, and every chance that he had to give praise, that is exactly what he did.