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DMX Comes Out of Retirement

Rapper inks new deal to release "Here We Go Again"

January 13, 2006 3:16 PM ET

Never-a-dull-moment rap star DMX has come out of his brief retirement to reunite with Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records — where his career began in 1992 — for his sixth studio album, Here We Go Again, due this summer.

The recently incarcerated rapper made the announcement at a Friday afternoon press conference held at Sony Studios in New York City. He was flanked by his Ruff Ryders motorcycle crew, producer Swizz Beatz (who is working on the album) and, of course, his signature entourage of pitbulls.

"It's an honor to be back at a record label that feels like home," DMX, holding a puppy pitbull, said of his new label before making sure to mention his feelings on his former home, Def Jam Records. "When I first went to Def Jam it was like a dream come true. It was a blessing because I was invited to a home. Then they sold the house on me and left me with people I didn't know that didn't give a fuck about me."

The thirty-four-year-old, platinum-selling rapper was released on December 30th from New York's Rikers Island jail complex, where he was serving a seventy-day sentence. Last October, X pleaded guilty to violating his parole for crashing his SUV through an airport security gate while under the influence of a controlled substance and posing as an undercover federal agent.

The press conference culminated in a flash of photographers with the poetic X rhyming a prayer, and saying, "There's always a conversation with the Lord on every album."

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