DMX Declares Himself 'Grand Champ,' Makes Plans To Shoot 'Werewolf'

Rapper will star in supernatural thriller 'Werewolf,' which begins shooting February 2004.

There is still no official word on whether DMX has changed his mind about retiring from the rap game once he drops his new LP. However, X has changed the title of the album. Originally called It's Not a Game, the CD will now be named Grand Champ,and has been scheduled for a September 9 release.

DMX is currently in Phoenix adding the finishing touches to his fifth full-length, which features guest spots from Cam'ron, 50 Cent and Syleena Johnson.

Besides his LP, X is also finalizing a deal for a clothing line and has signed on for the supernatural thriller "Werewolf," which begins shooting in February 2004 (see "X Gon' Give It To Werewolves, Rapper Mulls Supernatural Role"). We'll see the praying rapper onscreen way before next year, however. His next film, "Never Die Alone," is scheduled to hit the box office in December (see "DMX Retiring From Hip-Hop, Plans To Read His Bible").