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It’s almost impossible to teach an old dog new tricks but even countless stints in jail won’t break the spirit of an underdog who has been fighting for survival his entire life. Earl “DMX” Simmons has served skid bids on the reg, since becoming an international rap star in 1999. His string of arrests, include everything from misdemeanor marijuana possession to aggravated assault. Most recently, DMX is finishing up his latest sentence for parole violation, which he was hit with last December after getting caught drinking alcohol at a performance. Looking to stay on the straight and narrow for good, X granted VIBE an exclusive prison interview to explain his side of the story, quest to stay sober, new album, reality show and love life.

Click here to read part 1, and here to read part 2 where he talks about today’s rap game, Ja Rule, his issues with Jay-Z and more.


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