It seems that DMX is being proactive in his ongoing battle with addiction, because he recently checked himself into rehab.
The announcement came over the weekend from the rapper’s team, and he also canceled some upcoming shows. DMX was scheduled to perform on Saturday in Memphis at the Three 6 Mafia reunion concert, then Sunday at the New York stop of the Rolling Loud Festival. He was replaced by the Ying Yang Twins for the New York show.
“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” wrote his team Sunday on Instagram. “He apologizes for his canceled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”
DMX has battled addiction for much of his career and has been in jail numerous times.
He was released from a West Virginia prison in January after serving one year for tax evasion, then quickly jumped back into his career by playing numerous shows, having a GQ photo shoot and recording new material.
Last month, for example, the New York-raised artist teamed up with Rick Ross and his longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz for the song “Just in Case,” which is on the soundtrack of EPIX’s new show “Godfather of Harlem,” starring Forest Whitaker.
DMX also re-signed with his label Def Jam Records earlier this year, where he’s released five albums, including “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” and “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” both considered classics and released just seven months apart from each other in 1998.
Beatz talked about DMX during an interview on “The Breakfast Club” last month and said he has a promising future.
“It’s going to be a good year for him, God willing,” said Beatz. “I just want it to happen so he can go to where he been supposed to have went… X was really not in his right form.”
“He missed a lot of time, but you know what? Those people still show up to them shows,” added the veteran producer. “He just does something different to them, the youth and everything. They singing the words like they was here when we did those records.”
After the announcement came that DMX was back in rehab, his fans wished him well and sent him a lot of encouragement.
“Never give up🙏💯,” one person wrote on Instagram.
“I’m praying for you as well…sooo many people out here love and pray for you continuously and we Hail your Return,” wrote someone else. “Come back stronger and better than before.”
According to Ticketmaster, DMX hasn’t canceled the upcoming show he has in Boca Raton, Florida, on Nov. 16 or the one he has in Sacramento, California, on Dec. 7.