DMX is going to prison
Rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, has been sentenced to a year in prison for evading around $1.7 million in taxes. The sentence was handed down by Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff.
Before he was sentenced to prison, DMX’s lawyers played his 1998 classic “Slippin’,” which detailed all the trials and tribulations in the rapper’s life. According to sources in the courtroom, Simmons started to tear up as the song played.
The song might have had an effect on Rakoff. The Government suggested that the rapper, who is 47, be sentenced to five years in prison. Rakoff sentenced him to one, saying that he is “a good man” who is “his own worst enemy.”
Judge Rakoff also ordered DMX to pay $2.3 million in restitution. During the hearing, DMX mostly took responsibility for his actions, saying he didn’t realize “how serious it was” and that he was “in a cloud.” But he also asked for leniency, stressing the fact that he had 15 kids, including an 18-month-old son who has a medical condition.
Simmons has been in federal prison since January. At that time, he violated his bail by failing a drug test.