January 28, 2019
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DMX is officially a free man! He was released from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in Glenville, West Virginia on Friday.
According to TMZ, his first outing was breakfast with his son, Exodus, 2, and fiancé, Desiree Lindstrom.
Aside from reuniting with his family, X took the time to share revelation he got from God to some people in a hotel hallway. “God had his hand on me since before the womb,” he said. “I didn’t know what that meant until I read the Bible…Like, this n*gga is going to do this. He’s going to make this happen; he’s going to touch this person…I am God’s child.” Watch below:
so DMX pulled up to my cousin hotel party last night and had some words for them pic.twitter.com/4qtIpUEMfL
— piña (@p1neapplezz) January 26, 2019
And to top off the weekend, he gave his fans his first post-prison performance on Saturday night at Mr. Ciao in Staten Island, where he performed some of his hits like, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Where the Hood At,” and “Party Up (Up in Here).”
The 48-year-old was originally scheduled to be released sometime during Martin Luther King Day weekend, but the Bureau of Prisons has a policy of letting inmates go on “the last preceding weekday if their projected release date falls on a weekend or legal holiday.” Prior to his release, according to Vulture, his lawyer Murray Richman said, “He’s looking forward to being home. He’s never been hotter than now — people have been seeking him out all over.”
The rapper was arrested in 2017 after federal prosecutors in New York said he created a multi-year scheme to hide millions in income from the IRS and bypass $1.7 million in existing tax liabilities, according to CNN. Around the time of his arrest, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement: “While raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS.”
The father of 15’s sentence includes three years of supervised release, and he must pay back $2,292,200, which was ordered by the federal court. But, this isn’t the first time Earl Simmons (his real name) has been in trouble with the law. He’s been arrested on charges of drug possession and animal cruelty, and in 2010 was sentenced to a year in prison for violating terms of his former probation.
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