DMX released from prison after serving tax fraud sentence

    It’s time to “Party Up.”

    DMX performing in Moscow, Russia in 2014
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    DMX has been released from prison after spending a year behind bars for tax fraud.

    The rapper was sprung on Friday, a few days before his official release date of January 27, Vulture reported. He had been arrested on charges that he withheld $1.7 million in taxes over five years, and pled guilty to one count of tax fraud in November 2017. Though supposed to begin his one-year sentence March 2018, he was jailed two months earlier for using Oxycodone and cocaine and skipping out on court-ordered drug treatment.

    DMX’s lawyer told Vulture before his release that the rapper was “terrific” and “looking forward to being home,” and it didn’t take long at all for the dog to seize the mic. On Saturday, the rapper performed a few songs at a restaurant in Staten Island, replacing Ja Rule.

    Hip hop heads have responded to DMX’s release with joy and excitement, and some young rappers like Ski Mask the Slump God and Rico Nasty have already expressed desire to get in the studio with him.

    Hopefully it won’t be long before we hear some fresh music from DMX. In the meantime, celebrate his release with the clip for “Party Up” below: