In the new trailer for the upcoming documentary, DMX: Don’t Try to Understand – set to arrive Thursday, 11.25 on HBO Max – DMX attempts to reclaim his life and career after a prison stint for tax fraud.
Shot after the infamous rapper (born Earl Simmons) was released from jail in January 2019, the film follows the iconic musician as he goes back the road and tries to reconnect with family and friends. As one of rap’s inspirational elder statesmen he attempts to spread “the gospel according to X,” and grapples with a variety of issues, from family to business, all the while dealing with his long-standing drug addiction.
Earl’s perseverance and drive are obvious when he tells a show crowd, “You might not know or think that you’re special to God, because you’ve been through difficult situations. But I’m here to tell you, that’s why you’re special to God.”
Don’t Try to Understand will focus primarily on the year after DMX’s life in prison as the rapper died in April 2021, one week after suffering a heart attack.
Directed by Christopher Frierson, Don’t Try to Understand is part of HBO’s Music Box series that has previously featured documentaries on Woodstock ’99 and Alanis Morissette, with upcoming projects focused on Juice WRLD, Kenny G, and the influential music manager Robert Stigwood.