DMX fans who were hoping to see this old-school rapper in concert are out of luck.
He’s checked himself back into rehab and canceled all of his upcoming shows.
Someone from the rapper’s team took to Instagram to explain the situation:
“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his canceled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”
There’s no word yet on whether those dates will be rescheduled. Ticketholders should contact the venues to see about refunds.
Born Earl Simmons, the 48-year-old rapper has led a chaotic life. Despite being a devout Christian, he also struggles with substance abuse, legal troubles, and fidelity.
He repeatedly cheated on his wife of 11 years, Tashera Simmons, and he fathered a total of 15 children.
The combined child support payments for those kids led him to file for bankruptcy in 2013, but the case was dismissed.
DMX has been in and out of prison since the age of 16 when he was sentenced to 2 years for stealing a dog from a junkyard.
He and a buddy escaped from prison, but he was later forced to return and serve out the remainder of his sentence. He went back in almost immediately for carjacking.
He’s also been arrested for everything from drug possession to animal cruelty.
Ironically, DMX was supposed to start filming a reality show in 2010 as he turned his life around. But he was arrested again just three weeks into the filming schedule and returned to prison.
He has admitted to being an opiate addict, as well as struggling with addiction to marijuana and crack cocaine.
In 2018, the rapper was sent to prison for tax fraud and ordered to pay $2.29 million. He was released in January of this year, and it sounds like he could have really used the cash from the ticket sales to those shows he canceled.
Recently, new fans have found DMX’s music thanks to the use of his song “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” on an episode of Rick and Morty and the trailer for Deadpool.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like DMX is going to be able to complete his tour for the 20th anniversary of his album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.
It’s not the first time the rapper has decided to cancel concerts in order to head to rehab.
He did the same exact thing in 2017–twice!
At the time, his manager Pat Gallo said, “It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend, and entertainer.”
Gallo went on to say, “We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support.”
DMX was slated to appear at the Rolling Loud Festival in New York as well as Def Jam’s 35-anniversary party.
He claims that he’s been approached by several producers to talk about a biopic–and given his life story, it’d be a fascinating film.