Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz has weighed in on DMX‘s recent legal woes and the negative publicity his friend has endured over the past few years.
Although X is currently jailed until next month, Beatz said he has seen the rapper go through the highs and lows since the beginning of his career in the late ’90’s.
“X is forever my brother and whatever he wants to do I’m with it as long as it’s the right thing,” Beatz said in an interview with DJ Vlad. “X has been X since day one. It’s just that now people see another side of X they didn’t before. X’s been going to jail, his first song was called ‘Born Loser’. He’s been in and out of group homes, he’s been had this trouble in his life that nobody cared about when he wasn’t successful. Then when he got successful, some of those elements leaked out and people didn’t embrace it and they shouldn’t have to embrace it, by the way. I just pray for X a lot, man, because I remember people couldn’t even follow up after his performances. Period…At the end of the day, you can’t help somebody if they’re not willing to help themselves.” (Vlad TV)
A day before Thanksgiving, X was denied bail for probation violation in Arizona earlier this month.
Rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, made a brief appearance Wednesday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court. Simmons, 39, denied violating his probation on drug charges, failing to submit to a drug test and driving with a suspended license. Court Commissioner Christine Mulleneaux ordered Simmons to remain in jail without bond. Simmons ended up behind bars in Arizona — for the sixth time in 10 years — last week. He was three months short of completing an 18-month substance abuse program. (KTAR News)
In addition to being locked up for Thanksgiving, X must wait until early December before his next hearing.
Maricopa County Superior Court staff tell us that Commissioner Christine Mulleneaux set another hearing for December 9 at 8 a.m. As we mentioned a couple of days ago, DMX (he’s Earl Simmons in the stacks of police and court paperwork about him), told a TV station that he simply took a “sip of alcohol” while performing. The probation department says differently, accusing him of blowing off his required drug treatment program and using drugs. He was arrested after police suspected him of using cocaine and Oxycontin. (Phoenix New Times)
Last weekend, X spoke on his arrest and denied using any illegal drugs.
DMX, born Earl Simmons, was temporarily released from a substance abuse program to perform at a concert in Scottsdale, Ariz. The New York native consumed alcohol during the event, an act that landed him in handcuffs. “I shouldn’t have done it,” DMX says. “I wasn’t done with the program. They let me out to do the show. I should have protected myself better.” Despite his abundant run-ins with the law, DMX remains optimistic about what’s to come. “It’s rare that I get fair treatment…” he reveals. “It’s love or hate. I’m gonna get through this. Thank you for the support and love, I won’t let you down.” (The Boom Box)
Check out Swizz Beatz speaking on DMX below: