Earl Simmons,47, more commonly known as Hip-Hop artist DMX, receives 1-year in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud in November. Prosecution sought 5-years however Judge Rakoff said he believed Simmons was “a good man” and that the sentence should be modest.
During the hearing, DMX’s lawyer played part of Simmons’ 1998 song “Slippin’” in the courtroom. His lawyers had argued in court filings that a difficult upbringing left Simmons unprepared to deal with the responsibility that came with financial success.
“They put me in a situation forcing me to be a man/ When I was just learning to stand without a helping hand,” Simmons raps in the song.
Prosecutors said Simmons avoided taxes between 2000 to 2005 by shifting money among accounts belonging to managers and associates, hiding millions of dollars he earned from hit songs, including “X Gon’ Give it to Ya” and “Where the Hood At.”
Along with his rap career, Simmons has starred in such films as the 1998 crime drama “Belly,” the 2000 action movie “Romeo Must Die” and the 2003 heist film “Cradle 2 The Grave.”