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Rapper DMX just admitted himself rehab this weekend for substance abuse. This comes nearly a year after completing a year prison sentence in West Virginia for federal tax evasion. The 48 year old also cancelled a number of performances lately including one on Sunday at New York’s Rolling Loud festival and one Thursday at Def Jam’s 35th anniversary event in Brooklyn. Now as for the Rolling Loud festival, you might remember all the rappers who had their cars shot up and shot at in Miami this summer during the Rolling Loud festival so maybe he didn’t need to be there anyway. And as for why he went to rehab, it was a preventative measure to ensure he remained sober. He was having trouble balancing his home and work life without the use of drugs.

“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” the caption read. “He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”

It’s also been said that he knows him being sober is his key to staying out of prison because, well, his behavior on drugs is absolutely legendary. That and the fact he’s on probation and gets drug and alcohol tested regularly means a relapse would absolutely send him back in the clinkety clank as Karen Huger calls it.

When he came out of prison in January he explained his situation on the Big Boy morning show saying, “I don’t do anything,” he stated at the time. “I’ll have a drink here and there. That was never a problem. That’s about it. Cocaine [was the problem]. I think we kinda knew that was the problem. Anybody in here that didn’t know? Of course it was [the] problem. I got in trouble and all that sh*t. It’s not worth it. I spent too much time doing things. It’s just not worth it.”

It’s good to see DMX being responsible and seeking the help he needs before things get out of hand. That’s a sign of maturity. And at the end of the day, DMX is a legend and the focus needs to be on his career and not side incidents. Let’s keep that legacy in tact.