In the final interview recorded before this death, DMX looks back on his life, his career, and his fractured relationship with his mother.
Over the years, the rap legend was open about suffering a traumatic childhood, and the psychological scars that followed after his mom left him at a group home for troubled kids.
TV One, which recorded an interview with DMX earlier this year for the network’s autobiographical series Uncensored, posted a preview clip Tuesday on YouTube. The video shows the rap legend speaking candidly about attending couple’s therapy with his wife, and his mother making a surprise visit to one of their sessions.
“I was just doing one of the counseling sessions and I just mentioned something about my mother,” he recalled. “The lady said, ‘How would you feel if you saw your mother right now?’ I was like, ‘I course, I would love her,’ but I didn’t know.”
DMX then began to cry and briefly fell silent. He went on to describe what it was like to see his mother again, and the healing that followed.
“She walked in the door and I think it was at that point there that I just let everything go. She was crying, I’m crying. It was like, it wasn’t a hurt cry, it was like ‘yes, this is what I need,'” he said.
In a 2019 interview with GQ magazine, DMX said his mother beat him so badly when he was six years old, that some of this teeth fell out. “She beat two teeth out of my f–king mouth with a broom. And I think about this today, I’m like, ‘Okay, you saw me erase something in your notebook. What did you think I was trying to do? What could you have possibly thought I was trying to do?”
Last month TV issued a statement saying the cable network’s interview with DMX was recorded three weeks before he passed away on April 9 after going into catastrophic cardiac arrest.
The special episode of Uncensored airs Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/7C.