DMX is still fighting to prove that he’s a champion in hip-hop. But like any formidable fighter, before the Dog steps back into ring for his comeback LP, he has to warm up. MTV News has learned exclusively that X will do just that in the form of a free EP called The Weigh-In.
While fans will have to wait until June 26 for the Undisputed album, his 10-track EP is scheduled to drop on May 15 X . Fredwreck, Rich Kidd and Dame Grease will produce on The Weigh-In, while Snoop Dogg and Tyrese will appear as featured guests. Lil Wayne is scheduled to appear on an unspecified interlude.
It’s been six years since the multiplatinum rap star dropped his last album, Year of the Dog … Again. Propelled by the Swizz Beatz-produced “We in Here” and the gospel-drenched “Lord Give Me a Sign,” Year of the Dog … Again debuted at the #2 spot on the Billboard albums chart, proving that DMX could still be a bankable rap artist.
In recent years, though, it seems that X has been making headlines for everything but his music, with mounting legal trouble and numerous stints in and out of jail keeping him away from the studio. When DMX debuted back in May 1998 with his first LP, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, he was an immovable force. His second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, was released only months later in December of 1998 and cemented his rap legacy. X continued to release albums, but he would also collect a slew of charges over the years.
Last July, the Dog was released from an Arizona state jail after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for probation violations. DMX is currently a star in VH1′s new reality series “Couples Therapy.”
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