We highlighted DMX in our calendar this week and shout out his Philly visit in our Weekend Picks, too. However, we do not condone buying a ticket and showing up in University City tonight if you are faint of heart, weak of constitution or aren’t prepared to get barked at. This show should be nothing short of insane and who knows what the timing’ll be like. With three opening emcees and a DJ, the man himself may not go on until midnight or later.
“DMX is one fascinating creature, don’t you think? It was May of ’98 when “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” was released as a single from It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. He wasn’t quite yet 27, and his past was barely his past. Then, he put out Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, with that creepy-ass blood-covered album art, and it went triple platinum. He showed a little bit more humanity with a very solid single, “Slippin’,” right before his 28th birthday. In the video, he shows his mother-who’s playing cards-his report card, and she waves him away like she’s busy. Earl Simmons, it reads, with a row of A’s, but mama’s not playin’-not with any tired-ass grades anyway. Young X goes into his bedroom and rips it into shreds, packs a bag and escapes through the window.
Fast forward 15 years later, and he’s making headlines for his behavior on Iyanla, Fix My Life, disrespecting former Philly-ite Iyanla Vanzant for trying to help him mend things with his own son. X is a fireball of energy, his speaking so packed with volatility and anger, it’s no surprise he’s made a career out of explosive, raw power. You’d never guess that he’d performed an off-the-cuff a capella rendition of “Merry Christmas Song (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)” prior to that, nor that it ripped around the Internet nabbing the acclaim it deserved. For this rare opportunity to catch DMX in the act, brace yourself. It won’t be a light-hearted experience.”
9pm. $40-$45. With Chase Allen, Tiani Victoria, I-Know Brasco + DJ Aktive. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com