DMX

With a laundry list of both arrests and platinum-selling number-one albums, the troubled rapper DMX has had a storied career of ups and downs since 1998's It's Dark and Hell Is Hot. This back and forth has made for some compelling music, incorporating dual themes of murder and the Gospel to represent a torn soul. As likely to bark like a dog as he is to hold a prayer circle in concert, the New York Ruff Ryder carries an unpredictable aura of raw power with him that makes this rare performance a must-see. Legal troubles have caused delays on his new album, Undisputed, but classics like "Party Up" and "Get It on the Floor" remain as fresh as ever. A recent interview with DMX finds him back in good form since his six-year hiatus, dissing Drake and making light of his bizarre arrest for drunkenly impersonating a federal agent, and it's evident he hasn't lost his edge or his charisma in the time he's been off the grid. With Tank and MN Ruff Ryders. 18+. (Photo by John B. Mueller)
Sat., June 2, 10 p.m., 2012

 
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