On Thursday (Jan. 24), Vulture received word from DMX‘s attorney that X would be released from prison Friday (Jan. 25). This morning, TMZ reported that the 48-year-old walked out of the Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia as a free man. The Yonkers-bred MC had been locked up since January of last year, carrying out a one-year sentence behind bars for federal tax evasion charges.
DMX, born Earl Simmons, will now have to pay back a court ordered $2.3 million in restitution to the government. He will be afforded the opportunity to make payments based on his gross monthly income. X reportedly has been fielding offers for a possible biopic and also wants to release a new album, which would be his first project since 2012.
The “Slippin'” artist is expected to be under supervised release for the next three years. X’s lawyer, Murray Richman, says his client has remained in high spirits throughout the process. “I spoke to him; he’s very happy. He’s looking forward to being home,” Richman told Vulture. “He’s never been hotter than now — people have been seeking him out all over. He’s terrific; he’s been terrific.”
Check out the first photo of DMX with his fiancé and son headed to breakfast following his release below.
Billboard has reached out to X’s reps for comment.