DMX Checks Himself Into Rehab
For much of 2019, DMX has been in a comeback stride. At the beginning of this year (January 25), DMX was released from a West Virginia prison after spending much of 2018 behind bars for a tax evasion conviction.
Since then, the onetime superstar has been on a climb that feels distinct in a career filled with peaks and valleys. The 48-year-old Yonkers, New York representative toured to honor the 20th-anniversary of his debut album. In May, he was among the headliners at Minnesota’s Soundset Festival. It was recently confirmed that the artist reunited with Def Jam Records, the label and distributor that partnered with Earl Simmons for five consecutive #1 albums in the 1990s and early 2000s. Then, last month, X dropped his most significant song in years, appearing alongside Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross for the video single “Just In Case.” The track that released in August belongs to The Godfather Of Harlem soundtrack, which Swizzy is overseeing.
However, late Saturday night (October 12), X’s team shared with the public that the rapper has checked himself into a rehab facility. “In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support,” an Instagram post told fans.
Earlier this month, X reportedly missed a scheduled appearance at a Def Jam Records 35th-anniversary-themed party. On Saturday, DMX was also billed to appear during a DJ Paul and Juicy J Three 6 Mafia reunion concert in Mississippi. Throughout his career, Simmons has battled addiction, including crack cocaine. As recently as 2017, Simmons has entered rehab facilities.
In an interview with GQ published less than a month ago, X confirmed that he still drinks alcohol. It is unclear if this rehabilitation is related to any particular substance.