Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies found three dead dogs and seized 12 undernourished pit bulls Friday from the Cave Creek-area home of rapper-turned-actor DMX. Deputies, armed with a search warrant, also found drug paraphernalia, a cache of weapons and several cars with license plates that could not be traced back to the vehicles they were on, authorities said. Stacey Richman, a New York attorney who represents Simmons, said the rapper had hired a caretaker to care for the dogs and was not aware until Friday that the employee was only checking on them once a day.
Da Brat, DMX, and Jermaine Dupri were on hand for The Mauldin Brand Fast Life VIP Power Mixer on July 19th at Shop SCAD in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Steve Malanga of the Chicago Sun-Times profiled how sports stars and entertainers have helped fuel the popularity of dog fighting which has “transformed from a once largely rural and illicit sport into a fashionable pastime with a certain outlaw cache in many urban neighborhoods.” Malanga writes:
Rap music also glorifies the blood sport. The rapper DMX, who appears with a snarling pit bull on the cover of his album “Year of the Dog Again,” has sung: “Place your bets/You can imagine what the bloodline is like,” and “All my pups is crazy, ’cause off the leash/They can eat, stand a match for three hours at least.”
Madison Avenue has been quick to seize on such attitudes to instill a certain street cred in its own advertising. In 2003, the clothing company Nike, which has endorsement deals with numerous top athletes including Vick, released a gritty-looking TV ad dubbed “The Battle” which featured a brief glimpse of a growling pit bull and Rottweiler about to face off. A Nike representative denied that the ad encouraged dog fighting, but explained, “People have to understand the youth culture we cater to. Our market is the urban, edgy, hip-hop culture.”
The full article as has since been removed at suntimes.com.
DMX was a no show in court in Westchester County on Wednesday (April 11). There’s now a warrant out for his arrest, and this isn’t the first time. WABC’s Eyewitness News reporter Carolina Tarazona was in White Plains with a report on the news. Video at abclocal.go.com has since been removed.
Tashera Simmons and DMX were on hand for New York City Celebrates 5th Annual ‘Day of the Child’ on Sunday (November 19) at Chelsea Piers, Field House in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
In a lawsuit filed by Monique Wayne, the former groupie-turned-baby-momma claims she suffered extreme and severe emotional distress, anxiety, humiliation and psychological damage after DMX told Sister 2 Sister magazine that Monique “raped” him while he was asleep in a hotel room. Now she’s asking for $6 million to fix her reputation. Check out the court filing at TMZ.
The New York Post reports the mother of rapper DMX’s love child is suing the hip-hop wild man for $2 million, saying he defamed her by claiming she sexually assaulted him as he slept during their 2003 hotel one-nighter. In Sister 2 Sister magazine, DMX says Monique Wayne, who successfully sued him to establish paternity and win child support, “raped me… I would have been kind of heated about that [if I’d woken]. Like, yo… Get the [bleep] outta here.” But Wayne says DMX knows their sex romp was consensual and she’s suffered “severe emotional distress” as a result of his lies. DMX’s rep had no comment.
MTV News reports that according to police, an unidentified 29-year-old woman was struck in the head with a metal folding chair during an onstage altercation at Hot 97’s Back to School Jam concert that involved several concertgoers and members of DMX’s entourage. The victim was treated at Nassau University Medical Center in nearby East Meadow for a laceration she’d sustained to her head. Read more.
DMX tells Sister2Sister magazine he’s not responsible for his illegitimate child. “[The mother of the baby] raped me,” the rapper insisted. “I mean, you know, that might sound like some bullsh**. No man has ever been… you know what I mean, like never?” Tashera Simmons, the wife of the rapper, says she stands by her man. “Before the stuff hit the fan, [the woman] came up to us [and] said ‘I work for kids that are sickly,'” Simmons told he mag. “So [DMX] said ‘Give her my number.’ That’s how it goes all the time. At first, I said OK. But, then I thought she looked deranged and obsessed with him.”
DMX is blaming Beyonce Knowles for turning boyfriend Jay-Z on to flip-flops. “The flip-flops – he’s just not the same,” DMX complained to Vibe magazine. “It’s Beyonce. He’s a sucker for love. Thugs don’t do flip-flops. Yo, no matter how much vacation I’m on – we been to St. Thomas, Bahamas, all the little islands – I don’t wear no flip-flops. I’m never that comfortable, not even in my own house.”