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DMX Opens up About Abuse he Suffered as a Child [VIDEO]

From his recent appearances on the BET Hip-Hop Awards and 106 & Park to viral videos that find the rapper mopping up nightclubs and restaurants, DMX has been popping up everywhere these days.

But for a nice change of pace, the Yonkers rapper appeared on the Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers show on Wednesday (November 9), opening up about the abuse that he suffered as a child.

“It got pretty bad,” he recalled in his gravely voice of the violence he suffered at the hands of his mother. “There was plenty of days I couldn’t sit down at school. She used to have these three extension chords that she braided together. Sometimes we would get it with that. That was rough.”

Surprisingly, he said it wasn’t all bad, though. “To a certain extent, it made me a better person,” he told Dr. Drew.

Even though he found some silver lining in the abuse, X said that he doesn’t want his ten children, ranging from four months to eighteen years old, to have similar experiences to his. “You don’t really have to beat them,” he said, then admitting that he has spanked them, though not to the extend he was struck. “That one time, smack them on the ass with a belt a couple of times and they’ll get the point. It was not continual beating. Anybody you’ve got to beat over and over again, evidently it’s not working. That’s why I talk to my kids first. I sit them down and explain to them what they did wrong. If I see that they are genuinely remorseful about the situation, then I’ll let it go.” —Adam Fleischer

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