Rapper DMX is known for his raw, gritty street verses about the violent drug trade. But DMX also has a soft side that cries out for his mommy when times get rough.

The Baltimore native, born Earl Simmons, will turn 42 in December. As a boy DMX spent much of his time running the streets of Yonkers, NY, in robbing crews. His extensive juvenile arrest record is sealed by the courts. To the world at large, DMX, who has 10 children, is known more for his criminal rap sheet, which includes arrests for rape, drug possession, DUI’s, animal cruelty, weapons possession, and more.

DMX and his wife of 12 years, Tashera Simmons, appear on the VH1 reality show “Couples Therapy.”

In last night’s episode, DMX breaks down and says his life might have turned out differently if his mother had only told him she loved him.

Children require these basic necessities to grow up to be healthy adults: food, water, a safe home environment, and to know that they are loved.

Not telling your child you love him can cause him to grow up emotionally crippled. It’s not enough to just provide clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads.

Watch the emotional video clip after the break. And if you’ve never told your child how much you love him (or her), please do it today.