DMX is trying something new
DMX’s problems with substance abuse have been well-documented. In the rapper’s long fall from grace, drug use has been about the only thing that has remained consistent, but there is some good news. According to TMZ, X has checked into rehab in a facility in New England.
The stint in a substance abuse program was forced onto the rapper by a judge recently. DMX was out on bail after being charged with tax evasion. However, he repeatedly violated the conditions of his bail. He was caught leaving the state without permission and he failed several drug tests. A judge put him under house arrest, but then walked back the punishment with the caveat that X needed to check into a rehab program.
DMX Wants This
Though the decision to remove DMX from house arrest in favor of a rehab program was made by a judge, X seems like he had some input into the move. The rapper made it sound like he genuinely wants to get his substance abuse issues under control.
“House arrest wasn’t working for me, so I made the decision to do something positive and better for myself,” he told TMZ in a recent interview.
Since his career peak in the late ’90s and early ’00s, DMX’s name has made headlines for anything but music. His frequent arrests for driving while intoxicated, on top of other charges for drug possession, kept his name in the headlines outside of any actual new material being released.
Will he turn it around?
DMX’s current troubles stem from his alleged “cash-only lifestyle.” Allegedly, DMX made several shady deals to avoid paying taxes on his income.
In 2011 and 2012, the rapper reported his income as unknown even though he allegedly made $353,000 and $542,000 in those respective years. The next year he reported an income of $10,000 in spite of reportedly raking in a quarter of a million dollars. The IRS is coming for their cut and alleges that DMX avoided paying taxes on an astounding $1.7 million in income.
DMX was viewed as an exciting new talent when he emerged in the late ‘90s. The gritty, aggressive and hellish tracks on his first two albums made him stand out in a marketplace crowded with “shiny suit rap” and glitz. His unvarnished street tales and trademark bark, coupled with menacing beats, made him a counterpoint to the prevailing trends of rap at the time of his emergence. Unfortunately, his success didn’t last, and he’s spent the last decade moving further and further away from the mainstream rap spotlight.
What do you think? Is this going to be the time that DMX’s attempt to get clean sticks? Are you hoping that Dark Man X comes out the other side of this drug-free? Do you think that DMX can reclaim his spot on the charts, provided that he gets out from under these charges and his own personal issues? Do you think anyone would be into DMX in 2017? Maybe XXXTentacion fans? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this article.