Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, was arrested in South Carolina last week for driving a 1978 Buick without a license. The 42 year old has faced charges for a similar offense in the past, as well as animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession, and identity falsification.
The rapper found fame with his chart topping, Grammy nominated anthem “Party Up (Up In Here)” twelve years ago, as well as as an actor with fifteen film roles since 1998, including next year’s “The Expendables 3” starring Sylvester Stallone. He won an American Music Award in 2000 for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist.
DMX describes being followed from a gas station by police around 1am. His 5 month old daughter was with him at the time. “They followed me around the corner, pulled me over… First of all, if you’re gonna do it, just pull me over at the gas station as soon as I got in the car. They didn’t do that. Followed me around the corner, pulled me over, no, I didn’t have a license, put the cuffs on me, brought me here, I paid money when I basically could have just paid money on the spot. It’s basically just five hours wasted for nothing. I don’t have a court date, I don’t have a court appearance,” he said. Video: DMX Discusses Recent Arrest
In 2011, DMX spent seven months in an Arizona prison for parole violation on drug related charges including cocaine. The following month, he was arrested for speeding after being clocked at 102 miles per hour in a Phoenix suburb.