DMX Extends Jail Time

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DMX will need to spend at least another week incarcerated at Arizona State Prison. X was jailed on November 19th 2010, for violating his parole and was held on a number of charges, the principal being drug use. He was sentenced to serve one year with no chance of bail. In mid-May, it was announced that the artist could be getting off earlier than expected, if he met the terms for good behavior. That date was officially set for July 13th.

New reports suggest the MC hasn’t met those terms. Since January, DMX has managed to accumulate seven disciplinary violations at the prison, some of which include: unauthorized smoking, disrespect towards staff, possession of narcotics and disorderly conduct.

The man behind the chart toppers, Party Up and Who We Be, has had his share of run-ins with the law, starting in 1994 with an arrest for drug possession, and in 1998 a rape charge, which he was acquitted for due to DNA evidence. The charges have accumulated since that time, the latest being a 2009 conviction for animal cruelty and drug possession, and a 90 day jail sentence in 2010 for a reckless driving charge.

DMX has been working on his 7th album, Redemption Of The Beast, for over a year now. He’ll be collaborating with artists like Sean Kingston, The LOX, Tyrese, as well as known producers Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, and Dame Grease.

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections has confirmed an anticipated release date of July 19th for DMX.

Rakim to Release New Album, “The Seventh Seal”

Posted: Tuesday – October 13, 2009

It’s been nearly 10 years since Rakim dropped his last album, ‘The Master,’ but now his long-awaited return is finally upon us.

The god Rakim Allah will finally be releasing his aptly titled seventh album, ‘The Seventh Seal,’ on November 17, via his own label, Ra Records. Two songs from the set can be found streaming on the rapper’s MySpace page, ‘Holy Are You’ and the newly added ‘Walk These Streets,’ featuring Brooklyn rapper Maino,

“I’m the tsunami of rap,” Rakim said about the album in a recent interview with AllHipHop. “I’m going to shut it down and we’ll start all over from the top. It’s time to take it to the next level. Everybody is doing the same thing, we gotta keep evolving. ‘Seventh Seal’ is an option for those who want to change what they’re doing, or trying to better themselves. It’s not too much about Rakim, and more the listener. It’s definitely for the youth, but I’m an old dude and got something for the old heads as well.”

Rakim headlined Atlanta’s A3C festival at the end of September and is scheduled to support the release of ‘The Seventh Seal’ with a month of tour dates kicking off October 25 in San Francisco.

Many blame Rakim’s 10-year absence on his prior label, Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records, which has a history of delaying and shelving releases. When asked if Ra was simply awaiting the perfect moment to make his return, he said”It was more with the label thing…I wanted to get my business straight. I got my own label now [Ra Records], so there’s no better time than the present.”

In keeping with the tsunami theme, Ra claims that his album will bring about a whirlwind of change, returning socially conscious hip hop to the forefront.”At this point, from what we’ve been going through and what we’ve been listening to, I think people are ready to change it up. You can only shoot somebody so many ways. You can only sell so many ki’s of coke. You can only buy so many cars. I think it’s getting to a point where Hip-Hop isn’t going to have a choice but to change its lyrical content”
‘The Seventh Seal’ is in stores November 17, and features Maino, The Lox, Busta Rhymes and Rakim’s daughter, Destiny Griffin.

Source: Hiphophavoc



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