He could not beat the rap – but at least he could play a lot.
The hip-hop icon DMX sounded one of his songs for a federal judge on Wednesday – before being sentenced to jail for one year for evading $ 1.7 million in taxes
The 47-year-old rapper who is actually Earl Simmons is racketed when his lawyers played his track "Slippin" from 1998, in which he spoke of his "drama with my mom" and his feelings
And the beats may have moved something in Manhattan 's federal judge Jed Rakoff, who played the The government's demand for a five-year bailout rejected Simmons as "a good man" who was "his own worst enemy" [1
The 15-year-old father wept through the condemnation his abusive childhood carried including beating and reliance h is a mother – and sobbed while begging for leniency so that he could spend more time with his 18-month-old son, who has a medical condition that has already required two surgeries.
"I was in a cloud, I was in a cloud," Simmons told the judge about his past mistakes, which included drug use. "I have not thought right now."
Simmons apologized for his tax fraud and said he did not realize at the time "how serious it was."
"I did not think it stank," he said Judge Rakoff.
But he also brushed against the FBI for exaggerating his tax evasion to "look like a criminal in a comic."
Prosecutors said the rapper went out of his way to pay the helmsman for years, including tapping hundreds of thousands of dollars in music royalties on the bank accounts of his managers, who then gave him cash to pay for his personal expenses.
"This is not a wrong decision, it's not a one-year thing," prosecutor Richard Cooper said.
Simmons has been in federal prison since January after he broke his bail for missing a drug test and testing positive for cocaine and opioids.