It sounds like rapper [artist id="1325"]DMX[/artist] will have to wait at least another week to get his latest attempt at a career reboot off the ground. According to TMZ, the MC (born Earl Simmons) was ordered to stay in prison for another week after authorities allegedly caught him with drugs.
X, 40, has been housed at a state prison in Yuma, Arizona, since January, and according to the gossip site, he has broken a number of rules over the past month, including drug possession, failing or refusing a drug test, smoking in an unauthorized area, acting disrespectfully to the staff and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct. Of the seven alleged disciplinary infractions since January, four have come since June 12, with two more in April for alleged drug possession and disorderly conduct, and another in January for unauthorized smoking.
Due to his latest infractions, the troubled rapper — who had been slated to be released Wednesday — will spend at least another week in prison, according to the Associated Press. His new release date is July 19. He was sent back to prison in December for a probation violation after an arrest in November for failing to check in with his probation officer.
Around December 20, X was reportedly transferred to a mental-health unit after the judge in his case described him as having an “undiagnosed mental condition,” before ordering him back to prison for one year.
X’s lawyer, Gary Jenkins, told MTV News that he is still looking into the alleged violations, but that the rapper’s reported refusal to take a mandatory drug test did result in a seven-day hold that will delay his release until July 19. Jenkins said he did not yet have information about the alleged drug possession, but that he is hopeful his client will get the help he needs to work on his drug addiction issues when he is released. “I hope that this time he understands that his addiction can’t be dealt with privately,” Jenkins added.
The rapper’s manager, Nakia Walker, said that after years of battling with the authorities and getting caught in a revolving door between his home and jail in the state, she senses that X wants to leave Arizona and get a fresh start. “Prison was never a place for Earl because he has a sickness,” she said. “If he is medicated properly, he wouldn’t have the need for drugs.” Current plans call for X to drop his new single, “Y’all Don’t Know,” featuring Busta Rhymes, within the next two to three weeks.