‘Stop, drop, shut ’em down open up shop
That’s how Ruff Ryders roll’
Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, had two major hits in his illustrious rap career. The first being his breakthrough “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” and the next being whatever the one where he’s saying “Up in Here” the entire time. If you can name another one after that, then kudos to you for your rap knowledge.
Those two songs were released more than 10 years ago, though, and aside from a small burst of relevance due to an impromptu hip-hop performance of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer a year ago, DMX has remained very much out of the public eye except when his mug shot surfaces online — his Wikipedia page has an entire section devoted to “legal troubles.”
And now, he’s suddenly become everybody’s favorite black man.
But let’s rewind a little bit.
On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, stirring a racial firestorm across the — eh, I think I went back too much. Let’s fast forward … the trial … the acquittal … yeah you know all that. Ah, here we go.
Last week, George Zimmerman announced he would be participating in a celebrity boxing match. In other words, he’s piss broke and he needs money.
But the question became: who would his opponent be? I don’t think you’d be too hard pressed to find suitors who’d like to step in a ring and go to-to-toe with George Zimmerman. Apparently 15,000 people sent emails to volunteer their services, including another rapper, The Game, but ultimately it was DMX who got the call.
However, DMX’s reps — and I’m sure that that’s a fun job — said it’s not quite official yet. But at this point, it out there. DMX vs. George Zimmerman. It has to happen. It has to.
To be fair to George, some of the proceeds are going to charity, but, come on, there’s no way in hell he’d be doing this if there wasn’t some financial benefit for himself.
There’s no one else in the world who people would like to see have their face pummeled in more than George Zimmerman, and now he’s giving some one the opportunity to do it legally. And on top of that, he’s chosen someone who’s most famous song contains the lyrics “How can I maintain, with mad shit on my brain/I resort to violence, my n****z move in silence.”
If you were somehow — some way — on the fence with your opinion of George Zimmerman, and if you still were giving him the benefit of the doubt for whatever reason, then this should be the ammunition you needed to finally hate him.
I mean, it’s impossible to put yourself in his shoes. None of will ever know what he’s going through, and will go through for the rest of his life. And for the majority of people in this world, there isn’t anything he can do to redeem himself.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t try.
He’s only 30 years old, and that’s a long time to try to do a lot of good. Instead, he’s taking advantage of his notoriety and desperately seeking publicity. I’d say, “You’re better than that, George,” but … he’s not.
Which leads us to this boxing match which will hopefully happen. People are going to unite behind DMX even harder than we all rooted for Rocky Balboa — in all six movies combined.
If George Zimmerman gets knocked out, people will be counting down from 10 for the knockout like they did in Lake Placid, New York during the final seconds of the Miracle on Ice hockey game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
And if DMX wins, he’ll get carried out of the arena on somebody’s shoulders like Sean Astin in Rudy.
In other words, you have DMX, a rapper who has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty, reckless driving and drug possession, vs. known killer George Zimmerman.
It’s what Disney movies are made of.