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Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, leaves Queens criminal court on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, in New York. He attended a hearing in state Supreme Court on charges of reckless endangerment. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

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It's no secret that the last few years have been quite troubling for DMX, but his days of adversity must not outshine the cardinal reason that called X to fame, his music. Reflecting over the years of the rap star's career, XXL crafted up a gallery of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Check out the chronicle of X's career.