DMX Released from 8-Month Prison Sentence
While Lil Wayne snagged headlines across the globe with his prison stint in 2010, DMX flew under the radar, while serving his eight month sentence stemming from violating terms of his probation.
Born Earl Simmons, the 40-year-old musician was originally sentenced to one year imprisonment for consuming alcohol at one of his gigs in Scottsdale, Arizona; a violation of terms charges of aggravated assault and using a false identity to dodge a $7,500 medical bill.
The Ruff Ryders member made some statements to AllHipHop.com today, adding that he’ll return to recording shortly.
“I spoke to my daughter, I just got off the phone with my wife. I’m going to go see my daughter while the sun is up, then I’m going to be in the studio man.”
DMX’s manager Nakai Walker added some hopeful, if not hilarious follow-up quotes, saying “Earl has so much more to offer the world. His latest project has been on hold for so long – it’s time for X to redefine the world of hip-hop. It is time to let the Dog out of the kennel.”
Rappers are always the most criticized members of the music industry, making it an uphill battle anytime they are released from jail and ensue recording. Mystikal and Gucci Mane fared poorly after their stints with corrective discipline.
Tupac Shakur defied this logic in 1995, when his album Me Against the World hit the Billboard Number One spot during his imprisonment.
Me thinks DMX is done-zo. But for kicks, here’s your “DMX Classic Cut.”