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    Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:44:48

    DMX Back in Jail - Why can't big-name rappers keep themselves out of the slammer

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    • DMX - GREER, SC - AUGUST 21:  In this handout photo provided by the Greer Police Department, Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest for an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana when the vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over for a traffic violation August 20, 2013 in Greer, South Carolina.
    • DMX - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: (Front L-R) Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97, rapper DMX and rapper Jadakiss speak during the 2012 Rock the Bells Festival press conference and Fan Appreciation Party on at Santos Party House on June 13, 2012 in New York City.
    • DMX - NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Rapper DMX attends the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 23, 2009 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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    Rapper DMX returned to jail, turning himself into the Los Angeles County authorities on Monday, July 26. He is now serving a 90-day sentence from a 2002 reckless driving charge. He was arrested for DUI, but copped a plea deal for the lesser charge of driving recklessly. The rapper had to postpone this sentence because he was in an Arizona jail, serving time on an unrelated charge. Beyond this being newsworthy, it causes me to wonder: Why can't big-name, big-money rappers, actors and rockers stay out of the slammer? When you have all the amenities that money can buy; hot women throwing themselves at you; the public's adoration; and your talent and creativity being celebrated, why can't rock stars and rappers straighten up and fly right? Why are repeat offenses committed? Why does Jani Lane have DUIs for hitting two parked cars? Is the availability of substances so over-the-top because one is famous? Is the fact that you don't have a normal, 9-to-5 lifestyle the cause or the effect?

    I know I just posed a lot of questions, none of which can be answered easily. So why not argue about what you think here or on your preferred social networking site?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    07.28.10




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