Nas and DMX co-starred in the ghetto cult film Belly, directed by Hype Williams, in 1998. That same year, DMX released two number one albums, It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot and Flesh Of M Flesh, Blood Of My Blood, cementing his status as a Hip Hop legend.
Nas laments on the loss of DMX to the Hip Hop world in an exclusive interview with Desus And Mero, then reflects on an emotional moment the two rappers turned movie stars shared on the set of Belly.
“We were doing a scene at the Tunnel, and I was like, ‘You feel that, bro?'” ‘Yeah,’ he replied. And he’s crying, and I’m crying as well. ‘Grrr,’ he was saying to it. ‘This man’s energy is extraordinary,’ I thought.
As the Hip Hop community mourns the passing of two late great performers from two generations apart. Both Juice WRLD and DMX will have films made about their lives and legacies, which will be released by HBO later this year.
The director of DMX: Don’t Try To Understand, Christopher Frierson, follows the fallen artist as he tries to reconcile with his loved ones and revive his career upon his 2019 prison release.
The film also depicts X’s battles with drug addiction, his mother’s abuse, and his commitment to helping young people who are on the same path as he was. On November 25, DMX: Don’t Try To Understand will broadcast on HBO and HBO Max.
Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss will broadcast on December 16, diving into the life, brief career, and untimely death of the Hip Hop megastar who died in 2019 at the age of 21 after an accidental overdose. The Tommy Oliver-directed documentary, which features unreleased music, interviews, and never-before-seen material, chronicles his spectacular ascent to prominence as well as his drug misuse and mental health difficulties.
Both documentaries are part of HBO’s new Music Box series, which was produced by Bill Simmons, the founder and CEO of The Ringer magazine. The Music Box series will include films about Alanis Morissette, Kenny G, and Robert Stigwood, the guy behind Saturday Night Fever.