New York rapper DMX is “this” close to tasting freedom again. New reports claim the hip-hop veteran is set to be released from his tax evasion bid next month.

Barring any setbacks, X will be a free man in exactly one month.

DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, tells TMZ … X will be released from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution on Jan. 27, and he’s excited about coming home to his family and resuming his rap and movie career. DMX has a huge fam — 15 kids to be exact — and he’s anxious to see his youngest son, 2-year-old Exodus Simmons, who we’re told has had serious health problems. (TMZ)

Over the past few months, various hip-hop stars have rallied support for X.

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In March, X couldn’t convince a judge to let him skip out on a tax evasion conviction.

Hip-hop icon DMX blared one of his songs for a federal judge Wednesday — before being sentenced to a year in the slammer for evading $1.7 million in taxes. The 47-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, teared up as his lawyers played his 1998 track “Slippin,’” which talks about his “drama with my Mama” and overall feelings of helplessness. And the beats may have moved something inside Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff, who rejected the government’s request for five years in federal lockup, calling Simmons “a good man” who is “his own worst enemy.” (Page Six)