Famed rapper DMX was recently filmed launching into an expletive-filled preaching rant shortly after being released from prison. The award-winning artist just completed a year-long sentence in Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution, Virginia, after being convicted on tax evasion charges.
In the video, which appeared on Twitter, DMX, whose real name is “Earl Simmons,” can be seen in the corridor of a hotel, preaching up a storm.
“God had his hand on me since before the womb,” he declared. “I didn’t know what that meant until I read the Bible — I am a warrior for the Lord!”
Then, all of a sudden, it goes a bit sideways.
“I will f*** you up in the name of Jesus,” he barked. “I had to hit the bottom, just so I could bring everybody up.”
so DMX pulled up to my cousin hotel party last night and had some words for them pic.twitter.com/4qtIpUEMfL
— piña (@p1neapplezz) January 26, 2019
In 2012, it was reported that DMX had felt called to become a pastor. The former crack cocaine addict went on to become a transitional deacon in the Church and has even contemplated training to become an ordained minister.
“That’s definitely the final destination. Or, a destination. You never know how far God is going to allow me to get or how many people He is going to allow me to reach,” the 48-year-old previously told morning radio show, “The Breakfast Club.”
“Before I go onstage, I pray that I’m able to just touch one person,” he added. “If I’m able to touch just one person, then I’ve done something wonderful with my life, not just that moment.”
The rapper was ordered to go through three years of supervised release following his jail time and will also pay $2.29 million in restitution to the government.