After being arrested in the Upstate three times this year, rapper and Spartanburg County resident Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name DMX, is set to release a new song – of the gospel variety.
DMX, 42, will release a gospel track called “Never Give Up,” according to his publicist. A release date has not been set, but a preview of the song is already on YouTube.
DMX reached mainstream success in the late ‘90s with hit songs such as “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get at me Dog,” and “Party Up (Up in Here).”
His publicist Domenick Nati said Wednesday that gospel songs are nothing new to the musical artist. He has released a gospel song on every album, and he always includes a gospel song whenever he writes new music, Nati said.
“Faith in God is everything to DMX,” Nati added.
DMX was not available for comment.
The new song, which was recorded the day before Thanksgiving in Greenville, is about God and perseverance. It teaches that only God can get you through the struggles in life, according to the publicist.
Over the past several years, most of Simmons struggles have involved multiple arrests, drugs and financial problems.
On Nov. 4, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Police Department arrested him. Officers, who were familiar with his previous arrests, noticed Simmons behind the wheel of a vehicle at the airport terminal, according to a police report. He was charged with driving under suspension, having an uninsured vehicle and not having a licensed vehicle.
In August, the rapper was arrested and charged by the Greer Police Department with a drug offense and failure to appear in court. According to a police report, officers found bags of marijuana in a truck in which he was riding.
Earlier this year in February, he was arrested by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in Greer and charged with driving without a valid license.
Simmons filed for bankruptcy in July, but a New York judge denied the bankruptcy last month.
His problems with the law date back for several years. In 2008, DMX served a jail sentence for charges that included animal cruelty, drug possession and theft.
Nati said DMX is learning and growing from his mistakes.
“He is always going to stay true to himself but also continue to better himself as he walks with God.”
The YouTube video that previews his new song begins with news clips of his recent arrests. Following the clips is a quote that is attributed to the rapper: “Don’t believe everything you hear, don’t believe everything you read, you only have what you see.”