DMX Returns To Studio For New Album

Ain't no sunshine in New York as rapper heads to Maryland to work on fourth full-length.

Despite its allure to other artists, it seems the concrete jungle of New York City is less than ideal for DMX.

The Yonkers, New York, native has taken refuge in Maryland to start work on his fourth LP, according to a spokesperson for B.A.R. Management, the company handling his career as well as that of his Ruff Ryding cohort Drag-On.

DMX's last album, ...And Then There Was X, also was predominantly recorded outside of the Big Apple, with the Dark Man choosing to lay down tracks in Miami's Hit Factory. His first two albums, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh ... Blood of My Blood, were mostly recorded in Yonkers' Powerhouse Recording Studio.

The new LP was originally slated to drop this spring; DMX's label, Def Jam, said the date has been pushed back and a new one has yet to be determined. There is no word yet on who he'll be working with on the album.

The sessions mark the rapper's return to the musical realm since serving 11 days in an Alden, New York, jail for driving without a license. He still faces a contempt of court charge for failing to turn himself in by his court-ordered date (see "Injured DMX Released From Jail").

X can currently be seen on the big screen alongside Steven Seagal in "Exit Wounds," which has grossed over $20 million to date. DMX will next turn up in "Lazarus," the next installment in the "Crow" franchise (see "Eminem Eyed For Role In DMX Movie").

DMX's most recent release is "No Sunshine," his single off the "Exit Wounds" soundtrack.

For a full-length interview with DMX, check out "DMX: Blood Rights."