Former Ruff Ryders leader DMX appears to be taking steps to get his life back in order after reportedly paying $1 million in child support.
According to reports, Dark Man X recently paid off the debt and, as a result, received his passport.
DMX just settled a HUGE $1 million child support case … and TMZ has learned he’s now in Europe trying to recoup some of that cash. TMZ broke the story … DMX was accused of owing more than 10 years of back child support to Patricia Trejo. Because he owed so much … X wasn’t allowed to have a passport … which meant he was prohibited from traveling to any overseas gigs. DMX’s rep tells TMZ the child support case has now been settled — he wouldn’t say for how much but we’re told X paid off a huge chunk. Nati, DMX’s rep, says X got his passport back … and now he’s on tour in Europe … where he’s trying to score some quick coin. (TMZ)
Last month, producer Swizz Beatz spoke on X making new music and going through legal drama.
“Everything is DMX for me right now,” Swizz said on Wednesday (November 13) when he appeared on “RapFix Live.” “It’s my main focus because it’s what started everything. So, if I don’t focus on that, then it’s just not right.” Simply put, the veteran producer is responsible for the lion’s share of DMX’s biggest hits, including the Grammy-nominated “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “Get It on the Floor.” And while Swizz is well aware of his longtime rap brother’s mounting legal troubles, the focus is always on the music. “He’s been going through a lot of different things but … he’s DMX! He’s good; he’s in good vibes,” Swizz argued. “But wait until y’all hear this music though — y’all gon’ really know how he is. We working hard on that and I can’t wait. I can’t wait.” (MTV)
Although not a Ruff Ryders reunion, hype about the music duo coming back together and working on X’s next solo release surfaced in October.
Swizz Beatz and DMX had a rapper-producer chemistry that was off the chain in the late ’90s and early ’00s with a run of hits like, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Money, Cash, Hoes,” “Party Up (Up In Here)” and others. The two have continued to work together, with Swizz producing at least one track on each of X’s seven solo LPs, but they have yet to regain their chart-topping prowess. The duo is back at it, according to those close to situation. Swizz and X are now back in the studio coming up with new music in hopes of snapping their Billboard topping drought. According to X’s camp, Swizz and X are always working on a new song and Swizzy has produced several tracks on DMX’s forthcoming album. X is currently working on his eighth studio LP, the follow up to last year’s Undisputed. (XXL Mag)
Reflecting on the Ruff Ryders movement, Swizzy said reunion tour plans were in full effect last year.
“First and foremost, it’s great to start off with such an amazing brand as Ruff Ryders that people see as authentic. When we came out, we changed the culture of music at that time. It was just something about the timing of that that made sense to the people. And so to come back years later and have people missing that in their life, to perform with DMX at SOBs and it be sold out, people knowing every word of his songs, it’s just like, wow, we really built something. Ruff Ryders was a great starting point, and to tour with it again is a cool thing.” (The FADER)
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