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Pop Life: Reflecting on DMX

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Rap artist Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, whose music dominated the charts in the 1990’s and early 2000’s passed away after spending days on life support.  On this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee reflects on the artist's career and the impact of his music had on the hip-hop genre. 

He is joined by Butch Charles, veteran radio programmer, former station owner, and current Associate Professor of journalism at SUNY Morrisville, and Don Sawyer, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Quinnipiac University where he also teaches a course on the sociology of hip-hop culture.

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