The words ‘DMX arrested‘ have been written so many times that it, unfortunately, seems commonplace. The former rap superstar, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested in South Carolina this morning for allegedly driving under the influence. He was taken to the Greenville County Detention Center and subsequently released in an hour. His representatives insist that DMX was not charged with a DUI and that he passed a breathalyzer test.
In a statement issued to MTV News, his representatives stated:
“Allegations about DMX being arrested for drunk driving are false. He was arrested early this morning but quickly released. X was given a breathalyzer test and easily passed it,’ the MC’s rep told MTV News in a written statement, adding that the rapper was charged with driving without a license.”
DMX’s reps also went on to say that he’s back at home and that they’re focusing on his upcoming projects.
Although his career is a only a shell of what it used to be, DMX was such a charismatic personality that his hardcore fans still root for him. Just the thought of his status in the ’90s in the same class as fellow rapper Jay Z is mind blowing, considering the extremely divergent paths their careers have taken. While I highly doubt DMX will ever return to his glory days as a rapper, I do hope that he will eventually find some inner peace and reach his goal of becoming a preacher. At the bare minimum, my hope is that he can one day be a positive example for others. For now, step one will be to stop getting arrested.