Ah, drag: DMX — never exactly a paragon of steadfastness and orderliness, which, yes, has certainly been a big part of why he's been able to make the music he's made — has declared bankruptcy. According to the Wall Street Journal, DMX has less than $50,000 in assets and $1 million to $10 million in debt, including $1.24 million in child support and more than $21,000 on an auto lease. And so earlier this week, in an NYC court, he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But it's all in the name of positivity: A rep for DMX has released a statement, explaining this will help X, 42, move on with his career.
It's December, which has historically meant three things for me: an aggressive holiday music binge; reminding my loved ones to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," because there are still a few non-Christians in America; and prepping myself for the inevitable, comically PC "Happy Kwanzaa" comment from someone who is just trying so hard to do right.
With regard to holiday music, for better or worse, I have an opinion on everything. One of those opinions is that "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is an overrated song. It falls in the same category as "Jingle Bells" as being just a little too corny for my liking. With that said, there are two versions, by The Temptations and The Jackson 5, that have found ways to funk it up a bit, and for years these were the only two versions I could tolerate. Until this morning.
DMX played a show at S.O.B.'s in New York City last night, and it was one of the most amazing live events I've attended. I will also openly admit that I could not have handled it less professionally. I went to the DMX show as a fan, but I had planned on writing about what took place at the concert at length in addition to being there for some enjoyment.
When I woke up this morning, I took a glance at the notes I jotted down on my phone.