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His fifth album, Grand Champ, once again debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, placing DMX as the only musical artist in history to release five consecutive albums (his entire album catalog at the time) that debuted at number one.
Singles include "Where Tha Hood At" and "Get it on the Floor".
He also appeared on LL Cool J's single "4, 3, 2, 1" in 1997. to Live" and "Take What's Yours", and The LOX's single "Money, Power & Respect" created a strong buzz.
In February 1998, DMX released his debut major-label single, "Get at Me Dog", on Def Jam Recordings. His first major-label album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, which included the single "Ruff Ryders Anthem", was released in May 1998.
Three children and an acrimonious divorce later, she is a trendy record company executive with a penchant for roll-up cigarettes and rappers.
And if the demise of her relationship with Jay was predictable (their split last year coincided with Kate's company, Roundtable Records, folding), surprisingly, many believe Professor Green is a very different proposition.'He may come from the wrong side of the tracks, but he has made a huge success of his life and it is all his own work. Stephen is only the second person in his family to own a house.
The label eventually agreed to release DMX from their contract.
He may not be from the housing projects of urban Louisiana, but his background is just as gritty.
On the day of the mayoral election last week, he told his two million followers he wouldn't be voting for Zac, decrying him as a 'div [idiot] who, in an effort to appeal to the average Londoner, went out to deliver milk .
Meanwhile, Richard was previously linked to Laura Whitmore earlier this year after they were introduced through mutual pal Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, the half-brother of Richard's onscreen character Rob in the huge fantasy hit.
The relationship between Kate and Professor Green, who is establishing himself as a presenter of documentaries, came to light when a source told a tabloid newspaper this week: 'Kate and Stephen have started quietly dating.
They're very keen to keep it under wraps and insist they are only friends so they avoid any public scrutiny until they are certain it's more than just a fleeting romance.'The family friend told me this week: 'Whether this is a fleeting thing or something more lasting is impossible to tell.
After its release, he informed the public that he planned to retire, and that Grand Champ would be his final album.