Outside of the music, 1998 was a big year for DMX, as he made his film debut, alongside Nas in the hip hop classic, Belly. During this era of hip hop, many rappers enjoyed critical acclaim and platinum success. At the time, Nas had hit a slump in his career and his role in Belly was instrumental in keeping his name out there. Acclaimed music video director, Hype Williams, was behind the cult classic.
DMX initially met Hype Williams after the video shoot of his “Get At Me Dog” single. Hype Williams produced the video, as he was working on his Belly film. Without ever acting before, Williams felt the emerging rapper would be perfect for a starring role. Belly may have been panned by mainstream media, but it was hailed in the hip hop community. The Yonkers rapper played the role of a gangster, who eventually found God.
DMX discussed his role with the film with MTV2’s “Sucker Free.”
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