NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Support for rapper DMX continues as he is reportedly on life support following a heart attack.
A crowd gathered outside his hospital in New York Monday to chant his name and offer up prayers.
The attorney for 50-year-old DMX, whose given name is Earl Simmons, said the rapper was admitted to an intensive care unit over the weekend.
News 2’s Alex Corradetti spoke with Michael Lattanzi, the owner of Lattitude Studio South who frequently works with DMX.
“DMX is an amazing guy.. he really works hard. He came down from New York, he is from White Plains, New York. That is where he has been living recently. He got out of town just to concentrate on the music so.. luckily they picked Nashville and came to my studio,” said Lattanzi.
He told News 2 DMX is a very passionate artist.
“He just works and works and works. I get a call, it could be midnight and if he’s ready to go…even if he was already in the studio that day he wants to come back and rap. He feels inspired. I get the call from their camp and it’s like DMX is ready to rap, he’s ready to write lyrics. I live here, the studio is attached to my house so I just shoot back out in the studio and out they come. And we just work around the clock,” said Lattanzi.
“It’s just inspiring, there are a lot of rappers out there up and coming.. but I was a fan of his growing up and I knew he was great. But once he stepped in here with a microphone.. and it’s just a whole other level. On a level like Tupac and some rappers like that. When you hear him in your studio it’s just amazing,” explained Lattanzi.
Lattanzi has a special message of hope for Middle Tennessee.
“DMX really loved Nashville. I mean he really loved all the people here… everyone treated him great. Everywhere he would go fans would want a photo and he would always accommodate. He really loves his fans. I’ve been in touch with his manager and his day-to-day manager.. we have been texting back and forth. It doesn’t look great but we are hoping a miracle flips and he comes through this and could get back in here. It’s a big wish list, but just a lot of prayers and positive thoughts and energy and hopefully something will turn around for the better,” said Lattanzi.
DMX has released seven albums during his long career, received three GRAMMY nominations and sold more than 30 million records.
Recently, he spent time recording at Lattitude Studio South in Lieper’s Fork. The studio asked for prayers for DMX’s recovery.
The Nashville Predators also sent well wishes to the rapper, whose 1999 hit Party Up (In Here) is the official song of the Preds’ power play.