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Pop / Rock 30/07/2001

DMX To Shoot Two New Videos, Puts Upstate New York Legal Issues Behind Him

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New York (AP) - Rapper-actor DMX is set to return to musical arena after enjoying the success of his latest film, Exit Wounds. The rapper is presently putting the finishing touches on his next album, The Great Depression, which is due out September 25. DMX will head to Boston to shoot the video for one of his new songs, "Right Here," on July 30 and 31. On August 5 and 6, DMX will hit New York City to shoot the video for a second, still-undisclosed song from the set that is also in the running to be the album's first single.
DMX has enjoyed a great deal of musical success--his 1998 debut album, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot, has sold more than 4 million copies to date. His sophomore set, Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood, sold more then three million copies, while his last album, ...And Then There Was X, recently broke the 5 million copies mark.

In related news, DMX finally ended his ongoing legal battle with prosecutors in Alden, New York, on Tuesday (July 24). The rapper pleaded guilty to the charge of reckless assault and paid a $1,000 fine, and in exchange the prosecutor dropped the additional charges of contempt of court and assault. The rapper was hit with the contempt charge when he failed to turn himself in on February 9 to serve a 15-day jail sentence. At the time, DMX was busy making promotional appearances for Exit Wounds. After the rapper turned himself in, he was hit with the contempt charges, and DMX picked up the assault charges when he allegedly struck a prison guard with a tray after learning that he would be forced to serve his full 15-day sentence.

DMX was initially pulled over on March 3, 2000, for speeding along the Kensington Freeway in Upstate New York. At that time he was also cited with failing to signal a lane change, driving with a suspended permit, and possession of marijuana. The rapper then missed his scheduled March 23, 2000, court date for the traffic charges, prompting a warrant to be issued for his arrest. He turned himself in a week later and subsequently pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving without a license. New York's Cheektowaga Town Justice Ronald E. Kmiotek sentenced the rapper to the maximum 15-day jail term and $400 in fines.

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