DMX is opening up about ALL the time spent behind bars in a new interview — and he says his life as a career-long felon has been rather easy.
For years, the platinum-selling “Party Up” rapper, born Earl Simmons, has been plagued by legal troubles — most recently serving a one-year sentence for tax evasion at a federal correctional institution in West Virginia.
Imprisonment is nothing new for the Mount Vernon, N.Y., native, who has been to jail 30 times in his life.
In an exclusive profile feature in the October edition of GQ Magazine, X – as he is known – opened up about prison life, or his life in prison.
“Sometimes. You can also find solace there,” he told the fashion magazine’s special projects editor Mark Anthony Green in a wide-ranging interview which was published online Monday.
Being a career felon, who said he was 10 when he got arrested for arson, DMX said this last time in the clink put things in perspective for him and it was not easier.
“No. It was harder,” he revealed.
Harder “because I knew that at any given time I could be smoking a cigarette and enjoying a glass of Hennessy, eating what I want. There’s so much more to life,” he reflected. “Before I really had a life, jail was a playground.”
“I’d be like, ‘I’m going to jail and have fun.’ You know what I’m saying? People were sneaking weed in. I was sneaking into different cell blocks and battling rappers and shit. Jail used to be fun,” he continued.
DMX confirmed that he did, indeed, spend 90 days in solitary confinement while at the Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution.
“You know, police target you,” he explained. “I went to the hole once because I was paying people for their phone time. Because you only get 300 minutes a month. That’s not enough time to talk to my baby.”
“The second time, I got caught with a bag of wine. I bought the wine, and after I paid for the wine, the guy said, ‘Your wine will be done Friday.’ Friday we go to rec … boom! When he handed it to me, it had a hole in it. So I put it in my shirt and tried to walk out. The wine bag fell out when I reached for something in my pocket. I picked it up and tried to walk to my cell real quick but got caught.”
Sleeping and reading was how he was able to pass the time in lock-up.