In a preview of an upcoming interview with Los Angeles radio show “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” the 48-year-old decried the state of rap today, saying it misrepresents the hip-hop lifestyle, particularly in its glamorization of drugs.
“They’re all promoting drug use,” he told Big Boy. “If that’s what you wanna do, that’s your business, but you ain’t gotta promote it like it’s cool and make it cool, know what I’m saying? Kids walk around like, ‘I’m popping molly, I’m popping Percs.’”
While that might seem like an unexpected stance for someone who broke through spinning vivid tales about a life of crime and violence on 1998’s “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” and “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood,” it may be because DMX knows how hard it is to overcome addiction.
The rapper revealed that he no longer does anything aside from having a drink “here and there,” because drugs, especially cocaine, became a major problem for him. Just last year, he got locked up for failing a drug test while waiting for his tax evasion sentence to be handed down.
“Of course, it was a problem,” he said. “You get in trouble, all that s–t. It’s not worth it. It’s just not worth.”
DMX has been busy since his release from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia, where he served time for tax evasion, last Friday. He took the stage at Mr. Ciao nightclub in Staten Island over the weekend, and good friend and longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz said the rapper is ready to get back in the studio.