If there’s any rapper that has been through some sh*t, it’s DMX. From drug addiction to multiple stints in jail to nonpaying of child support, the rapper has had multiple run-ins with the law. But it didn’t start when he became famous. According to the “Party Up” rapper, he was first arrested at just 10 years old.
DMX is in the recent issue of GQ magazine. The 48-year-old rapper sat down with the magazine to talk about new music, his career, and starting life again after doing time for a year.
In 2017, X was charged with 14 counts of tax fraud. He spent one year in prison and his last 90 days in solitary confinement because he paid for other inmates’ phone time and got caught with a bag of wine. He was released in January 2019. He now has three years of supervision. The court also ordered him to pay $2.29 million in restitution.
GQ asked the rapper of the first time he was arrested. “Actually I was 10. For arson and again at 10 for assault,” he answered. Though he didn’t go into detail about the outcome of his arrest, he did give us a little insight on what his childhood was like. When asked if it were true that his mother abused him growing up, here’s what he said:
Children don’t come with a f**king instruction manual. She was 20 when she had me. Four sisters; I’m the only boy. Maybe she didn’t know what to do with me. I found out I just knew things that she didn’t know when I was only six years old. I would get up at night sometimes to drink water because I was so hungry. And I saw something in her notebook that was open on the kitchen table. And it was wrong, so I erased it. I thought I was helping. I don’t know what she thought I was doing, but… I don’t know if she thought I was trying to sabotage her or whatever. I don’t know what she thought. But she beat two teeth out of my f**king mouth with a broom. And I think about this today, I’m like, “Okay, you saw me erase something in your notebook. What did you think I was trying to do? What could you have possibly thought I was trying to do?
But it looks like things have gotten better for X and his mom as the years have passed. The interviewer asked the rapper about his relationship with his mom now, and replied, “I love my mama. I love my mama.” In response to her abusing him as a kid, he stated, “That doesn’t mean I don’t love her. That doesn’t mean she’s the same person.”
X has made it quite clear that he’s forgiven his mom for the past. “I think a lot of people struggle with forgiving their parents. In fact, I personally struggle with forgiving my parents. But until you learn how to forgive others, you can’t forgive yourself. You can’t forgive yourself if you don’t know how to forgive,” the wise man said.