HBO is gearing up to turn it up a notch for the holiday season with the release of two new documentaries on fallen hip-hop stars, DMX and Juice WRLD. Both artists struggled with drug addiction and passed away in drug related deaths. DMX, born Earl Simmons, died on April 9 earlier this year while Juice WRLD died on Dec. 8, 2019.
Christopher Frierson directed the documentary on the late Ruff Ryder MC called DMX: Don’t Try To Understand. The project follows the life of the fallen star following his 2019 prison release as he tries to reconnect with his loved ones as well as rebuild his career. The film also captures X’s struggles with drug addiction, facing the abuse he endured from his mother as well as his dedication to helping youth who are walking the same path he did. DMX: Don’t Try To Understand will premiere on HBO and HBO Max on Nov. 25.
Tommy Oliver directed the documentary on the short life of the “Lucid Dreams” creator, Juice WRLD. Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss, will premiere on December 16, delving into the life, short career and untimely death of the rapper who died at 21 of an accidental overdose. Leading with unreleased music, interviews and never-before-seen footage, the documentary shows his meteoric rise to fame as well as his drug abuse and struggles with mental health.
DMX and Juice WRLD’s documentaries are part of HBO’s new Music Box series, created by The Ringer founder and CEO Bill Simmons. The series also includes films on Alanis Morissette, Kenny G and Robert Stigwood, the man behind Saturday Night Fever.
Check out a clip of the documentaries below.