DMX: My childhood changed my views on spanking
November 11th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

DMX: My childhood changed my views on spanking

In case you’ve been wondering about rapper DMX’s stance on spanking, we have the scoop. The troubled artist shared his thoughts on corporal punishment with Dr. Drew Wednesday on “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers.”

DMX (born Earl Simmons) shared that his childhood experiences have influenced his decision to draw a line with his own kids. "I think back then everybody got beatings,” DMX said of growing up. “To a certain extent it made me a better person. Although some were a little extreme."

The rapper, 40, describes “days I couldn't sit down at school” due to his mom’s punishments. “She used to have these three extension chords that she braided together,” he recalls. “Sometimes we would get it with that. THAT was rough!”

A father of 10, DMX says he’s involved with all of his children, and has adopted a gentler form of discipline thanks to the beatings he endured.

“That's why I talk to my kids first,” he says. “I sit them down and explain to them what they did wrong. If I see that they are genuinely remorseful about the situation, then I'll let it go."

DMX admits to spanking, but says beating isn’t OK in his book: “Anybody you've got to beat over and over again, evidently it's not working."

You can watch DMX talk child rearing here. "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" airs at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Hero

    DMX IS AN LEGEND IN RAP AND I HOOP HE COME BACK ON TOP NOW RAP IS NOT THE RAP WE KNOW X BRING RAP BACK MAN

    March 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. R. Kelly

    But how about peeing on the kids?

    December 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jacop

    pls why dmx did not relise any album sence all dis werd

    November 17, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shane s

    Wow

    November 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @ fake superhiro

    Why are you trolling real superhiro?

    November 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DMX

    What these b****** want from a n****...

    November 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thomas twain

    He has a lot of time out chairs !

    November 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superhiro

    No one believes his story. It sounds fabricated to me. He needs to quit spreading rumours about our black community.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Okay...he's talking about one black woman. I think he only has one mom not a whole community of them. I had one girl in my class in jr high who's mom would use the vacuum cleaner ext cord. My dad used a belt infrequently.. my mother was a hair puller...I would have rather had the belt.

      November 12, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Seriously...

    ...some black people never left the plantation. Who braids extension cords together to beat their kids?

    November 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      All child abusers are black now? Only the genes of slavery could inspire innovative abuse? Lol. Can people even "hear" themselves "speaking" anymore.

      November 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.

      Could you point out the part where he says all child abusers are black, cause I missed it. Thanks in advance!

      November 13, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pedro' Mexicalli

    Corny berry berry guuud. At our chinee buffett cussomer rove our cream corn. Arso rove beef ro mein and egg row.

    November 11, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Missy

    Wow! He has 10 kids! He's been a busy guy!

    November 11, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jenni

    BOOOO and very corny....

    November 11, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Daneesha

    I thought DMX was a bicycle. I gat my kid one of those things last chrimmas.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |

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