DMX Plays His Favorite Jams For Judge, Gets Sent to Jail Anyway

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Looks like everyone's favorite gravel-voiced rapper won't be shutting 'em down or opening up shop for the remainder of 2018.

DMX has been sentenced to one year behind bars for tax fraud.

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This despite playing one of his most memorable hits for the judge in hopes of getting off with a more lenient sentence.

Yes, it was an unusual legal strategy, but believe it or not, it may have paid off.

X (real name Earl Simmons) was facing five years behind bars for evading $1.7 million in taxes.

Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff went easy on the father of 15 (!!!) with a one-year sentence, describing Simmons as “a good man” who is “his own worst enemy.”

It's unclear if Rakoff was moved by the lyrics to "Slippin'" a 1998 DMX hit that Simmons' lawyers played in court so that the judge could hear their clients' story "in his own words."

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Whatever the case, Simmons got off light in terms of time behind bars, but he'll be burdened by a heavy debt to Uncle Sam when he gets out.

The rapper has been ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution

Prior to sentencing, Simmons wept and asked for leniency so that he could spend time with his 18-month-old son who suffers from a medical condition.

“I was in a cloud. I was in a cloud,” Simmons told the judge, attributing many of his past mistakes to drug use.

“I wasn’t thinking straight.”

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“I didn’t believe that s–t stank,” Simmons continued.

This week's sentencing is the latest in a long line of troubles for Simmons.

In 2016, the rapper nearly died of an overdose, and he has reportedly struggled to remain sober in the years since.

Prosecutors pushed for a harsher sentence, arguing that Simmons knew exactly what he was doing when he bilked the federal government out of millions.

“This is not a lapse in judgment. This is not a 1-year-old thing,” said assistant DA Richard Cooper.

Simmons has been in prison since January of this year when he violated his probation by testing positive for cocaine and opioids.

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