In “twenty eight days,” DMX, born Earl Simmons, will be home after spending more than six months in jail, initially a year long sentence, for violating his probation in November, 2010.
After several run-ins with the law – more than 25 arrests, 11 felony convictions and 15 misdemeanor convictions – DMX claims this time around will be different. “I realized that [change] is something that I want do this time. Like the last few times I couldn’t wait to get out and go have a drink. Now, I’m in a frame of mind where I’m like ‘right into the studio and get my grind on,'” DMX tells VIBE, while serving the last days of his sentence.
DMX continued to share details on his seventh studio album, “Redemption of the Beast,” “Swizz [Beatz] did the single. I got Sean Kingston on the Scott Storch record. Of course I got a little LOX on there. Drag, you know. Keep it family tight. It’s going be a few features, but nothing crazy. I got Tyrese on a couple of joints.”
“The joints is hard, too,” DMX says. “They got the little R&B feel to ’em, but they hard! Like “How’s It Goin’ Down” was, you know what I’m saying? It was hardcore, but it was a love story.”
While in prison, DMX received a letter from Rick Ross inviting him to join Maybach Music Group, “I have respect for him and he expressed interest that he wanted to work with me while I was out.” DMX told VIBE. “So I definitely want do a song with him, but I don’t know about the record label thing.”
Simmons has been working on “Redemption of the Beast,” for close to a year now. He’s racked up twenty-six joints for the project and has worked closely with producers such as Swizz Beatz, Scott Stoch, Grease, and more. DMX tells VIBE that he plans to lace seven more tracks after he’s released.