DMX Released From Prison Today

Rap star DMX is officially a free man, as the rapper was released from prison in Yuma, Arizona today (July 19th).

The rapper was greeted by a small group of friends and family upon his release today.

Sources close to DMX told AHH that his first stop would be a visit to his probation officer, followed by a shopping trip.

Then, DMX is slated to take up residency in an unknown area of the state.

"I spoke to my daughter, I just got off the phone with my wife," DMX said. "I'm going to go see my daughter while the sun is up then I'm going to be in the studio man."

DMX, born Earl Simmons, was originally sentenced to one year in prison in December of 2010, after he violated his probation by refusing to submit to a drug test and other minor infractions.

He served seven months of the prison sentence, after being given credit for the 100 days he spent incarcerated awaiting trial.

“Our goal is to keep DMX on the right track, and get him back to work,” a member of DMX's inner circle told AHH.

According to sources, DMX is currently lining up a number of shows and fielding offers for television, movie and recording projects.

Reps for DMX confirmed that he was in serious negotiations with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, although an official offer has yet to be made.

DMX is being managed by Built For War Management/UMMG (United Music & Media Group), while his bookings are handled by Carl "Blacksmif" Smith.

"Earl has so much more to offer the world. His latest project has been on hold for so long! It is now time for X to redefine the world of Hip-Hop with his highly anticipated album of inspirational, painful & street accredited rhymes. It is time to let the Dog out of the kennel," added his manager Nakia Walker.