DMX Explains Decision To Surrender, "It's One Of The First Steps In Regaining Everything I Lost"

Prior to turning over to police, troubled rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons released a video statement defending his decision to accept time for a crime he committed in 2002.

X believes accepting the punishment of his past crime will help better him.

"What's going on today is that I'm going to turn myself in...Me and my crew, we came to the conclusion that would be best. It was something that happened years ago, a driving infraction...I like
L.A., I like the fans, I like to come out here to work. I wanna get that
over with...It's one of the first steps in regaining everything I
lost...My relationship with God has gotten so much stronger. He's always
had his hand on me. He always guided me. I didn't always go where he
wanted me to go. But he always had me. Now that I'm actually listening
and being obedient, life is so much better." (All Hip Hop)

Details on X's decision to turn himself over to authorities landed online Monday (July 26) evening.

DMX turned himself in to the Los Metropolitan Courthouse on Monday afternoon (July 26) at about 2:30 p.m. to begin serving a 90-day sentence stemming from a 2002 reckless
driving charge, according to his attorney. X was arrested for DUI way
back in '02, but reached a plea deal for a lesser charge of reckless
driving, the rapper's lawyer, Aja Southern, told MTV
News on Monday. Southern alleged that a series of events, including X
having to serve time in an Arizona jail on an unrelated charge, had
caused her client to postpone his L.A. sentence. (MTV)

According to initial reports, X would turn himself over to the authorities sometime this week.

TMZ has learned rapper is planning to surrender to authorities in a Los Angeles courtroom and begin serving jail time in connection to a crime he committed "5 or 6
years ago" ... this according to X's manager. X's manager tells us she's
not sure about the nature of the crime -- but insists that DMX is
"focused" on taking care of all of his past legal issues so he can move
on with his life. (TMZ)

The rapper was freed from behind bars after serving three quarters of a six-month sentence earlier this month.

DMX is finally out of the dog house. has learned that the troubled rapper, born Earl Simmons, was freed from an jail today (July 6). X's criminal defense attorney, Glenn Allen, confirmed with XXL that the Yonkers-bred MC was released after serving four months of a six-month sentence. As previously reported, the Yonkers MC was locked up
on March 9 for for five counts of violating his probation, all of which
were related to cocaine abuse. The Ruff Ryder was on probation for
throwing a food tray at an officer while locked up on drug, theft and
animal abuse charges last year. (XXL Mag)

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