When Simmons isn't in jail and it's a "good day" for him, he'll typically go in the studio until 5 or 6 a.m. Then he'll go for breakfast, take a nap, and go riding quad bikes through the desert. He might stop to shoot pool somewhere, then watch movies at home. "He has to be around the right people at all times, even when he's away from us," Walker says. She is doing everything she can to keep him focused on positive things. "We're reaching out to Swizz [Beatz]. Busta Rhymes is calling, he wants to help. Flava Flav is calling, he wants to help," she says. "And I'm not lying to people. I'm telling them, 'He needs help. It's time we address it. It's time we come together and save his life. Or else he's going to die.'"

For years, DMX's alternative to the streets was the studio and the stage. With no alternative, the prospects aren't good. "That's my biggest fear, that I'm going to get a call, and ... I don't want that to happen," Walker says. "I love him. The world loves DMX, but we love Earl. That's what matters to us."


During his high-energy performance in Scottsdale, DMX took a break to talk to the crowd. What he said — and the fact that someone videotaped it – could be a major blow to his comeback aspirations: "New York to AZ, niggas must be craz-y/I'm a dog — fuck Jay-Z! Ya hear? Ya hear?"

"I need a little feedback," he continues. "What do y'all think is the state of the record industry right now? You know, I'm an artist, so I kind of have biased views, but I think most of those niggas suck. I think they not only suck, but they suck dick."

He finished his rant with this freestyle: "My take on it is: You got Patrón in your cup? Good for you! You got a bitch that wanna fuck? Good for you! You sittin' on 24s? Good for you! You got Lamborghini doors? Good for you! But at the end of the day, I ain't got that shit. And I really don't give a fuck if you got that shit. Because you ain't giving it to me!"

By the next afternoon, the video had gone viral, and his "Fuck the Industry"/"Fuck Jay-Z" speech was the talk of countless hip-hop forums.

Ironically, Swizz Beatz had released "Y'All Don't Really Know" that day, and was getting positive feedback. He told Walker that Jay-Z had approached him about doing something with DMX — before he heard about the video.

Beatz defended DMX in an interview with Vladtv.com. "There's no problem with DMX, with Jay," he said. "X is forever my brother ... he's had this trouble in his life that nobody cared about when he wasn't successful. ... I just pray for X a lot, man, because I remember people couldn't even follow up after his performances. Period."

Walker says DMX has "no problem" apologizing to Jay-Z. "They don't have any ill intentions toward one another," she says. "The reason Earl did that, and this is something that came out of his mouth, is because it rhymed with 'AZ,' and it got a roar out of the crowd. And that's really it. X wanted to address it before he got locked up."

Shortly after Simmons got sent to prison, he stopped granting interviews. According to Walker, he wanted to wait until after his sentencing on the probation violation charges.


I'm still the project, huh?" Earl Simmons is dressed in the black-and-white-striped suit of a Maricopa County prison inmate, with the word "Unsentenced" in red on his back, talking to a photographer. It's just after 8 a.m. on a Thursday in mid-December, and he's handcuffed in a downstairs courtroom.

This is Simmons' probation revocation hearing. Though he's often had bags under his eyes and stubble on his face lately, he looks rested, thinner than he was a month ago.

When the proceedings start, Simmons pleads guilty to a felony probation violation. Judge Christine Mulleneaux, who presided over his previous probation violation case, accepts the plea. But, she adds, "His substance abuse issues are at the root of this problem. He's been on some type of substance since he was 14."

Simmons' probation violation report shows he admitted using cocaine on Aug. 12 in Los Angeles, and again on Oct. 20. Drug tests were positive for cocaine on Oct. 12, 15, and 25. He failed to show up for his drug test on Oct. 28.

"You went on a downward spiral," the judge tells him. "Your criminal history goes back to 1988. It's going to continue if you don't care for your mental health."

In the courtroom, Simmons' supporters are praying. King is here, along with a woman who's holding one hand on the Bible and the other up toward Simmons, whispering from the Book of Psalms.

Prior to sentencing, the judge asks Simmons if he has anything to say. He bows his head. "I did make the effort that I could," he says. "And I appreciate any help you can give me."

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sekesegyename
sekesegyename

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Yorated

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Carlosegodinez

I can't believe that the author didn't cite "Belly" That's the coolest movie ever. I grew up on that movie. I'm also surprised the author didn't talk about the song on the album "It's dark and Hell is hot" where he talks to Damien. The article was really informative, but bias.

Romanowski45
Romanowski45

"Many famous rappers from troubled backgrounds — including Lil' Wayne, T.I., and Too Short —have been jailed on various charges. But DMX has sold more records in the U.S. than they have, and his rap sheet is the longest."

Now why you have to lump in Too Short with these guys? How many times was he arrested ?I could find one for his attack on a Security Guard, in Boise last year. And I googled that from bed.

The SF WEEKLY'S stories start to sound and look like the NY Post.

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Life is not fair. Simmons is blessed but he is his-own-worst enemy.Good news, God helps those that help themselves.

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X hold yah head, you'll make it back soon!

 
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