DMX Talks New Album, Reality Show & The Bible In Jail Interview
DMX is currently serving a jail sentence in Arizona for parole violation, but pending his July 13 release date, the Yonkers rapper has plans to make some big life changes.
Vibe caught up with him in jail where DMX explained that he approached things differently during his latest stint behind bars. Instead of focusing his energies on a workout routine, X says that he began to read the Bible. “I realized that [change] is something that I want do this time. Like the last few times I couldn’t wait to get out and go have a drink,” he explained. “Like all my focus was on going to the club or things of that nature. Now, I’m in a frame of mind where I’m like ‘right into the studio and get my grind on.’"
Over the past decade, DMX has been locked up over a dozen times for a series of offenses, but claims that recently he was a target of Arizona law enforcement. “The sheriff--he openly spoke about how he wanted to make sure I stayed locked up,” he said. “If these things happened in New York, there’s no way I’d be in jail. Or any other state where the law is like, followed.”
And despite his newfound interest in the bible, DMX also revealed that he will shelve his intended gospel album for a new project, titled Redemption of the Beast. He says that 26 tracks for the album have already been recorded, with production from Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Grease, as well as features from Sean Kingston, The LOX and Tyrese. "It’s funny how it came up. I was stuck between two titles. The first one was Redemption and the second title was Beast," he elaborated. "And somebody hit me like, why don’t you make it Redemption of the Beast."
In addition to prepping his album, the former Ruff Ryders rapper says he is reviewing offers for a new reality TV show which would center around his 10 children. In 2006, he starred in BET’s DMX: Soul of a Man along with ex-wife Tashera Simmons.