US rap sensation DMX clinches book deal on top of film roles galore...

Rap megastar DMX is to become an author after clinching a deal with a major US book publisher.

The Yonkers-born MC, who has risen swiftly to international prominence with each of his three albums entering the US Billboard chart at No. 1, a feat unique in chart history, has inked a deal with Harper Entertainment that should see his autobiography in shops in the autumn of 2001. X – real name Earl Simmons – is to co-write the book with hip hop journalist Smokey D Fontaine, Music Editor of The Source magazine. DMX’s editors at Harper have announced that the book is expected to contain extracts from the rap star’s personal notebooks as well as the text of the prayers he writes and offers daily.

The move into the literary world follows DMX’s successful entry into film. He is currently shooting Exit Wounds in Canada with action hero Steven Seagal and Isaiah Washington, having previously chalked up credits in Romeo Must Die and Belly, the latter being the directorial debut of hip-hop video maker Hype Williams. X is also slated to star in The Crow: Revelations, the fourth instalment of The Crow series of movies, playing a murdered rap star who returns from beyond the grave to wreak revenge.