Ruff Ryders boss DMX is finally catching a much-needed break. The hip-hop veteran has received the green light from a judge to leave the New York City area for work-related purposes amid a publicized tax evasion arrest.

According to reports, Dark Man X no longer has to worry about staying around the Big Apple as long has he’s working on his $1.7 million tax debt.

The rapper — with an entourage about 20 deep — showed up in court Monday for a hearing to see if the judge would lift travel restrictions imposed after his arrest for tax evasion. You’ll recall DMX pled not guilty to 14 counts of tax evasion and as part of his bail wasn’t allowed to leave the NYC area. The judge now says he CAN leave NYC, but he’ll need to file a formal request with the court before he can bounce. (TMZ)

A few days ago, the Internet exploded over buzz about X landing in handcuffs on the tax evasion charge.

According to the indictment, DMX (born Earl Simons) is alleged to have concealed millions of dollars of income from the IRS and avoided paying some $1.7 million in taxes. DMX surrendered to law enforcement agents and will be presented Friday in Manhattan federal court before United States Judge Andrew J. Peck. (Billboard)

Shortly after the arrest, X’s team made sure to put out a statement.

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Back in January, X surprised fans by releasing his hard-hitting “Bane Is Back” single.

As expected, DMX links up with his long time friend and collaborator Swizz Beatz for his latest single. Both the sirens in the production and the energy in DMX’s voice make it clear that he’s determined to grab everyone’s attention once again. Could this mean that we might finally receive a new album from DMX this year? It’s too early to tell, but one can hope. (Pigeons & Planes)