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    E.A.R.L (Everything Always Real Life): The Autobiography of DMX paints a candid portrait of a complicated man. You see the innocent kid who goofily called sex “the soggy cornflake thing,” and then watch that same kid walk into a school lunchroom with a sawed off shotgun taped to his leg. You metaphorically cry with him when the police tie his dog Blacky to a fence and shoot him, and cringe as he speaks seemingly without remorse about him and Swizz Beatz unloading into a crowd. In the end, it leaves you with the clear sense that whether you like him or not, DMX is not just some pop rapper, but an artist who tried to expose as much of his inner self in his songs as he possibly could.