What He Did: Shortly after the stabbing incident, X was charged with animal cruelty and possession of drugs and weapons after his manager was accidentally shot in the foot at a New Jersey hotel.
How It Affected His Career: The serious charges threatened to take DMX down. They didn't, but this was another peak into what was to come.
Why We Were Disappointed: Dude, you built your entire reputation by barking on records and proclaiming your love for your pups. So under no circumstances should your name and "animal cruelty" be mentioned in the same sentence. Oh yeah, and the whole accidental shooting thing? Ridiculous.
What He Did: In 2000, DMX served a 15-day jail sentence for possession of marijuana.
How It Affected His Career: It put a temporary halt on any touring or recording plans he had.
Why We Were Disappointed: At this point in his career, X had already done enough dirt to get thrown into jail for a relatively minor offense. No bueno.
What He Did: The start of DMX's driving-related legal problems started in 2000 when he was arrested in upstate New York and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to signal, driving without a license, possession of marijuana, and failure to notify the DMV of an address change. (SMFH at that last charge. C'mon, X, you're better than that!)
How It Affected His Career: He ended up serving another 15-day jail sentence on the driving without a license charge and once again had to put his career to the side as he dealt with his legal issues.
Why We Were Disappointed: At this point, we realized that DMX was definitely headed for trouble. It seemed like he was getting into trouble every couple of weeks. And he wasn't exactly getting popped for major crimes here, either. It was stupid stuff that he easily could have avoided.
What He Did: In 2004, X picked up the most ludicrous laundry list of legal charges brought up against him during his storied career. He was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and charged with—got your pen and paper ready?—cocaine possession, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, menacing, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Oh yeah, and charges of claiming to be a federal agent and attempting to carjack a vehicle, too. By our count, he broke every rule possible at an airport!
How It Affected His Career: Here's where it basically went down to toilet. X was surprisingly granted a conditional discharge from jail on these charges but later had to serve a 70-day prison sentence for violating the terms of his parole.
Why We Were Disappointed: Where do we start? The weed and weapon charges at the beginning of his career seemed so amateur and petty when we heard about this story. Coke, son? Not a good look for your career. At all.
What He Did: DMX switched labels in 2006—inking a deal with Columbia Records—and released his sixth album, Year of the Dog...Again. It was the first one that didn't debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and it didn't generate the same amount of hype that his early albums did.
How It Affected His Career: Year of the Dog... is the last major label album DMX released. Along with his legal troubles, it helped send his career off course.
Why We Were Disappointed: There are some songs on Year of the Dog... that we still bang. But, for the most part, it's easy to see why major labels haven't been banging down DMX's door to sign him to a deal since he released this disappointing project.
What He Did: In 2008, X pled guilty to drug possession, theft, and animal cruelty charges and he served four months in jail at the top of 2009. However, the most embarrassing part of the whole ordeal was that X was offered a role in a television pilot documenting his road to recovery after he finished his sentence—but blew the chance by turning himself in to a court in Los Angeles to serve a 90-day sentence on an old 2002 reckless driving charge.
How It Affected His Career: Instead of getting his own TV show, DMX spent 2010 behind bars.
Why We Were Disappointed: Do we really have to tell you why DMX disappoints us anymore? Same old story!
What He Did: DMX did an interview in January 2009 during a prison sentence in which he complained about the pink attire he was forced to wear at a jail in Phoenix.
How It Affected His Career: It reminded us all that DMX was still behind bars.
Why We Were Disappointed: Outside of the disappointment we had for DMX's situation, we were also disappointed to see that he didn't seem to get the point. Don't commit crimes—and you won't have to worry about what prison officials force you to wear!
What He Did: In late 2010, DMX did a show in Arizona in which he reignited a long-standing beef he has with Jay-Z, his former label mate at Def Jam. X has accused Hov of all kinds of things over the course of the last few years, including being associated with a secret society called the Illuminati.
How It Affected His Career: X came across as a guy using a beef with a rapper to keep his name relevant. And it didn't do anything to help further his career along.
Why We Were Disappointed: Are you still blaming Jay for your problems, X? Give it a rest. We know you don't like the guy, but bashing him in public isn't going to do anything for your career.
What He Did: Last November, DMX was arrested in Arizona for violating the terms of his probation by using drugs. This resulted in a one-year prison sentence that X is still serving today as well as a trip to the Mental Health Unit at the Arizona State Prison.
How It Affected His Career: It derailed DMX's career again—and proved that this old dog is still up to the same old tricks.
Why We Were Disappointed: At this point, we're not sure DMX is ever going to get it. And if the latest charges are any indication, we're pretty sure we're safe in assuming that DMX might be a lost cause. We love dude—and we really hope he proves us wrong!—but something tells us he'll never be the same guy he was back in 1998.