DMX Checks Into Rehab After Canceling Tour Dates

"It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer,” manager says

DMX entered a rehab facility Thursday night, just days after he postponed a string of concerts due to a "medical emergency." Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage

DMX entered a rehab facility Thursday night, just days after he postponed a string of concerts due to a "medical emergency."

The rapper checked himself into a treatment center in southern California, TMZ reports.

"It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer,” DMX's manager Pat Gallo said in a statement. "We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support."

DMX has long battled addiction and substance abuse issues, with the rapper entering rehab back in 2002 to deal with the issue; two years later, DMX was arrested for drug possession at a New York airport.

Over the next few years, DMX's rap career stalled as he served jail time for drug possession charges then violating his court-ordered probation by using drugs.

However, the rapper's last drug-related arrest came in 2013. Since then, DMX experienced a revival of sorts as he joined Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Family Reunion tour, but at a Ruff Ryders and Friends reunion gig at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 21st, the rapper was noticeably incoherent when bantering to the crowd. Soon after, he dropped off the tour.