Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz recently shared his input on the trials and tribulations surrounding troubled incarcerated rapper DMX.
While acknowledging X has fallen due to his recent troubles with law enforcement, Swizz believes his former labelmate can get his life and career back on track.
“I’ll always work with DMX; that’s my brother no matter what,” Swizz Beatz said in an interview. “X was a winner already. Now it’s just a matter of getting that title back. Bottom line is, he’s a winner. It’s just on when he wants to win again; it’s all up to him.” (All Hip Hop)
Earlier in the week, X had his jail release delayed after failing a drug test behind bars.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, DMX broke SEVERAL rules in Yuma state prison since January — including drug possession, failing or refusing a drug test, smoking when he wasn’t supposed to, being disrespectful, disruptive, and disorderly … the list goes on. A rep for the prison wouldn’t specify what kind of drug officials found on the rapper. (TMZ)
Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Barrett Marson also confirmed the reports.
“He did not smuggle drugs into prison,” states Marson. “He failed a drug test, I don’t know what drugs he took, but that’s it. He was due to be released today but will now be released on July 19th.” (RumorFix)
The rapper was sentenced to a year behind bars in an Arizona courtroom around mid-December.
DMX, who was arrested for a probation violation in Arizona last month, was sentenced to a year in prison on the charge this morning — his sixth stint behind bars in the state. The MC said late last month that a sip of alcohol during one of his concerts led to his arrest on multiple charges, including probation violation, failure to submit to drug testing and several drug charges. (Rolling Stone)
Check out some pre-jail DMX footage below: