newsitemimage.newsimage.dimg__6

DMX Talks Staying Sober, New Reality Show, Being Single, Losing A Dre Beat [PG.2]

Right. It seemed like you were going in and out at that time so much. Was there one specific reason why?
Yeah. I was on probation and they kept violating me for stupid stuff.  With probation you have to get permission to travel. I’m like, ‘well this is my job. If you want me to pay my fines and my restitutions, you have to allow me to work.’ So that was a power struggle. They didn’t want me to travel. And sometimes l was like ‘Fuck it’, this is what I do. I gotta work. So I got violated and they gave me 5 months. And I had 2 weeks left on probation, on this one, and they violated me again. Like wow, really? 2 weeks left? Anybody else, they signing their probation resolution papers. But with me they want to keep me on until the last day. They showed up and violated me with 2 weeks left because I had a show, and I’m drinking at the show, and a part of it was on the Internetpeople filming and stuff.  So they saw me drinking out the bottle of Hennessey, and they violated me with 2 weeks left.  They gave me the maximum they could give me which was a year.  I’m like, really? All my fines are paid up, all my restitutions are paid up, and you’re gonna give me the most you can give me without successfully completing probation? But that’s how it is out here in Arizona. 

 That’s crazy. Did they actually use that video footage in court? Like from YouTube or something. 
They didn’t have to. They just said they had proof of meit wasn’t like a trial. It was just like a hearing. 

 So at this point X, do you honestly feel like you’re being targeted by the Arizona police like every single time?
Pretty much. One thing about being a celebrity that I learned a long time ago was that I pretty much gave up the right to fair treatment. I’ll either get a favor or it’ll be worse. It’s rare you get fair treatment. They either love you or they hate you. So I pretty much gave up that option a long time ago. But yeah, the sheriff--he openly spoke about how he wanted to make sure I stayed locked up. If these things happened in New York, there’s no way I’d be in jail. Or any other state where the law is like, followed.

I know your sobriety is always an issue.  Did you have any recent troubles with staying sober? Has that affected the decisions you’ve been making? 
Nah. I had a drink, which is why I went this last time. The time before that, I traveled without a permit. It’s just always ‘ee found drug paraphernalia as well’ when they come get me. So it looks like, to the person who doesn’t read all the charges or understand them fullyit looks like ‘oh, he’s back in jail for drugs again. It’s pretty much the same original charges, they just keep violating me on probation.  

Are you going try and do things different to stay out when you come home this time? 
I’m not on probation now. I don’t have to report to nobody. I can just work like I want to work. It was really frustrating to have to go to your probation officer to get a travel permit. And they have me doing piss test twice a week. And if I traveled anywhere and I was granted permits, therefore I’m not able to take the piss test and I gotta meet them when I get backit was just a bunch of stuff they had me doing just because they were in control.  My supervisor told me one timeI’m like ‘this is my job. You can’t deny me work’ and she was like ‘Oh, well you’re not special.  You can get a job at McDonalds.’ I’m like lady, really? You know what I’m saying? 

Especially now with the way music is, artists have to be able to travel to do shows. That’s really the only way you guys will really be able to make money. 
Yeah, exactly. 

X, I also know you have a reality show coming out. Can you tell us a little about that? 
Well I have a few offers, but I don’t know which one I’m going to accept. But the basis of it is gonna be isI have 6 baby mothers and 10 children. 

Yeah, that’s a lot… 
They don’t know each other though. 4 of them grew up together, 1 grew up together, 2 grew up together, things like that. So what I want to do isit’s from the East to the West coast. It’s going to really show a side to me likeI’m a really good father and I love my children to death.  So I feel like it’s important that they meet while they’re young so they can grow up as brothers and sisters as opposeto meeting each other when they’re adults and not really have any feeling for each other, even though they’re brothers and sisters. 

So it’s the family element. You want them to have that family feel. 
Exactly. I had brothers, 2 brothers and a sister, well shit2 sisters and 3 brothers that my father had. I met the brother when I was younger. But we’re not really close. We don’t have much in common. He’s actually the reason why I got caught in this case out here and everything. But I have another brother and sister that I have still yet to meet. 

How are you going to manage to get all these women to get along though?
It’s like I’m not really committed to any of them. So it’s like at this stage in the game, don’t worry about what’s going to happen between us sexually. Let’s focus on allowing our children to have a realfamily. And all of the mothers are not going be involved, I can tell you that right now. But there’s no way they’re going to deny me access to my children. And the two women that would be a problem, it’s like they can just fall back. I’m taking my child to meet their siblings. I’ll probably only travel with like 8 of them. Or 7. But all of them are going to meet.

And the cameras are going to be with you the whole time shooting it for the show? 
Yeah. And they’re going to be able to show how much I really, really love my children. And how much of a big part of my life they really are, even though some of them I don’t get to see that often. But when I do see them, you can tell. I have relationships with all of them. It’s something that peopleI don’t know if they expect it or not, but it’s a big part of my life. 

X, I also heard that you have a new fiancée, model Yadira Borrego. Is that correct?
No! We absolutely were living together, and at one time we were engaged. But um, no. I’m recalling that she wants to work it out, but I really don’t see that happening. I’m not going say it won’t work, but this last time in jail, with me focusing on the mental, allowed me to see who’s there for me and who’s not. It’s easy to say, ‘I got your back. I’m there for you.’ But when it comes down to it, like I said, I’m not even talking about money and things like that. I’m good. I got fans sending me money. I’m good with that. But if you tell me you’re going to bring my daughter, bring my daughter. Don’t have me looking stupid in the streets. You running around saying ‘I’m DMX’s fiancée’ but you up in the motherfucking club, every motherfucking night. Come on! I don’t get down like that. I’m a King. Regardless of what I’ve been through and what I’ve done, I present myself as a King. And I get that respect from people, from everybody I deal with. I worked my whole life to establish that respect and make sure I get that respect. And I’ll be damn if I’ll have a woman--allow her to take it from me. That’s DMX’s fiancée but what you all up in the club in niggas’s faces? Fuck outta here! 

So I guess it’s safe to say, at this time, X is a single man. 
Yessir.

That should mean that your day 1 fans will be happy that you’re focused on making music. How do you think the rap game’s changed since you been gone? Do you think it’s going to be harder to try to fit in with what’s going on right now? 
The name of the game is ‘Get In Where You Fit In, BUT Fit In.’ And for some people fitting in is blending in and doing what everyone else’s doing. For others, fitting in is just knocking niggas out the way. And that’s me. That’s how I’m going be at it. I’ve got my fanbase. I’ve got a box of mail. Like, how would you categorize that box? 2 square feet long. Full of mail. I’ve got fans and letters from Israel, France Germany, Sweden, London, Africa. They all saying pretty much the same thing ‘Yo, we love you, we need you, put some more music out please!’ And that’s without even hearing anything from me. It’s not like they just sucking dick like ‘Oh, X got a new joint out and its hot.’ It’s like we know what X’s capable of. That’s what we need. That’s the difference. Some people may come back because they put out a song that’s hot and everybody jump back on they dick. The people are knowing that he’s what we need right now. Regardless of what he puts out, we want him.

Something that we always hear at the VIBE office is we want DMX to do a It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot Part II.  Have you ever thought about that? 
That’s crazy. That’s what half the inmates in here tell me. My album, a lot of my albums, are in this penitentiary. A lot of people have my CD in here. CD’s, cassettes, everything. I get to hear my own music.  But it’s one of those things where a lot of them say like that first one was the best. And the thing about being here, you’re gonna get it raw. In some people’s opinion, the 6th album wasn’t that good. In some people’s opinion, the 5th album wasn’t that good. But you know, it’s a growth. On certain songs, they just want you to curse and kill people on every fucking song. I’m like nah, you can’t do that. But I’m able to point out on every album. But that’s the consensus like ‘We need that It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot and Flesh Of My Flesh’ you know what I’m saying?  And it’s like, I gotchu.  

Over your whole career you’ve worked with a lot of different producers. But is there one cat that you haven’t been able to work with?
Yeah, Dr. Dre.  

Oh, man. Have there ever been any talks with him? Have you even had the chance to… 
Yeah! He reached out a couple of times. But it’s always a middle man who tried to get something out of it.  Like he gave me a beat one time, and I sent it to my peoples, and they wanted to turn it into a compilation joint with everybody on it. And Dre got back to us like ‘Nah, keep that beat for X.’  

Oh shit. Do you remember what year that was? 
Umm, I remember it was around when I left Def Jam. 

 

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of VIBE.com's exclusive jailhouse interview with DMX.

 

From the Web

More on Vibe

Cardi B And Blueface Release Music Video For “Thotiana” Remix

Cardi B is on a hot streak since taking home the Grammy Award (Feb. 10) for Best Rap Album (Invasion of Privacy). The Bronx native’s triumph at the annual showcase kept her steady on a path of musical domination since releasing her second collaboration with Bruno Mars (“Please Me”) and recently, the remix to Blueface’s “Thotiana.”

Decked out in a red bandana-print outfit, Cardi appears in the Cole Bennett-directed visual to spit a sensual verse. “Bust is, bust it, I’m a savage/ Bi**h, throw it back like a 10-year challenge/ Take him to the crib, the I push him on the sofa/ Have his breath smelling like pu**y and mimosa.”

In April 2018, Cardi B unveiled her debut album to fanfare. Since then, the mother-of-one has remained a dominant figure in the music industry and she hopes to further solidify that presence with her upcoming sophomore project. “Hopefully I can get my album done around the same time that Invasion of Privacy came out,” she previously said. “I don’t know how possible that’s gonna to be because I feel like I’m gonna be extremely, extremely busy.”

Until then, watch the "Thotiana (Remix)" video above.

Continue Reading
Nylah Lightfoot Go Fund Me

Texas Teen Sentenced To 25 Years After Stabbing Best Friend To Death

A Texas teen was convicted of murdering her best friend last year after an argument transpired during a sleepover. The teen, whose name has not been released because she's a minor, is 14-year-old and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing Nylah Lightfoot in the chest and neck with a kitchen knife.

“I stabbed her and I made the worst mistake of my life,” the convicted girl said. "I wish I had been thinking clearly at the time. I pulled it out instantly and tried to stop her from running.”

According to reports, the accused girl said she and Nylah met at school and quickly became close, stating they were like sisters, but they also fought like siblings.

On the night in question, the girl said she went home after a pool party because there wasn't enough room in the bed at Nylah's apartment. The two began to argue via text message about a slamming door and then about returning clothes that each borrowed.

The teen then claims Nylah showed up at her apartment at 2:30 AM and then began arguing again. The girl says she retrieved a knife from her kitchen. Realizing what she did, the teen said she tried to help Nylah and stop the bleeding with a towel.

Nylah died at John Peter Smith Hospital May 29. Nylah's mother, Antoinette Carter made a victim's impact statement after sentencing and expressed grief her daughter's death came at the hands of her best friend.

“When they told me it was you, it hurt,” Carter told the girl. “You was at my house every day.”

The prosecution, however, didn't buy into the girl's versions of events and stated her anger problems is what caused Nylah's death.

"When she came outside with the knife, she was still in control. But not even her friend could stop her. She was only following through with what she had threatened twice,” Tarrant County prosecutor Jim Hudson said.

The girl faced 40 years in prison but was sentenced to 25. She will serve her time in a juvenile facility until her 19th  birthday.

The girl's stepfather said the verdict was unfair and cited Ethan Couch, the white teen who received no jail time, for driving drunk in 2013 and killed four people.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Report: Justine Skye Granted Restraining Order Against Sheck Wes

Justine Skye has reportedly been granted a domestic violence restraining order against her ex-boyfriend Sheck Wes, The Blast reports. The G.O.O.D. Music artist is now ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the singer until a court hearing that will be held in Mar. 2019.

The restraining order reportedly states that Skye believes that her "life is in danger." The order details a particular event on July 26, 2018, in which she claims Wes allegedly "threatened to punch me in the face, head-butted me, told me he was going to 'hurt me'." Additionally, The Blast obtained the LAPD investigative report regarding the matter that confirms Skye reported the incident in 2018. The singer also noted that Wes' label and management team pleaded with her not to go to the authorities or make the incident public.

The Roc Nation artist first revealed she was a victim of domestic abuse in 2018 with her song and music video "Build." She also appeared on The Breakfast Club that same year to share her story, although she never explicitly named Wes as her abuser.

In Feb. 2019 however, Skye engaged in a back and forth on Twitter with Wes. She decided to take the situation public after alleging that Wes and his crew attempted to stalk and attack her. Wes and his legal team have denied the claims and have vowed to take legal action against Skye.

Continue Reading

Top Stories