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His new album, "Here We Go Again," is expected to reach stores in the summer.DMX, born Earl Simmons, said he wasn't comfortable at Def Jam. "I wasn't really happy there," he told Billboard during interviews last month in Rikers Island. "Recording was like work."
Simmons said he and Def Jam president/CEO Jay-Z bumped heads to much to work together. "We're both too big," he said. The album was originally recorded for Def Jam and Sony Urban bought the rights to it as part of Simmons' deal.The raspy voiced rapper was put behind bars after being arrested on two different occasions last year for driving incidents. The arrests violated the terms of a plea deal in 2004 after he crahed his car through a parking gate at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, after taking Valium.
DMX is the only rapper to have all five of his studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and go multi platinum. The artist is famous for mixing his raw street lyrics about loyalty to his spiritual deeply religious rhymes.
In addition, Simmons has three movies coming out soon, including the indie film "The Last Hour" with David Carradine and Michael Madsen, as well as a reality TV series.