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DMX Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Tax Evasion

The rapper was convicted of not paying $1.7 mill (£1.2 mill) in taxes between 2002 and 2005

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27:  Rapper DMX performs in concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on March 27, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

DMX, one of the most successful rappers of the late nineties and early noughties has been sentenced to one year in prison after being found guilty of tax evasion.

The rapper, who has been in jail since January, managed to avoid the maximum sentence for a $1.7 million (£1.2 million) tax evasion offence.

Reportedly, the father of 15 whose real name is Earl Simmons, convinced the judge to listen to his song ‘Slippin”, in a bid to reveal just how tough his life has been. The song features lyrics such as: “To live is to suffer, but to survive, well, that’s to find meaning in the suffering.” Have a listen to the track below:

The 47-year-old rapper’s admission of guilt that he ‘wasn’t following the rules’ by not paying his taxes, seemed to have a worthwhile outcome as the prosecutors had been pushing for a five-year prison sentence.

“I was in a cloud. I was in a cloud”, DMX told the judge. He also admitted that he didn’t realise how serious tax fraud was at the time.

According to TMZ, the judge settled on one year because he believed DMX was a ‘good man’ who had been ‘his own worst enemy.’

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