Hip-hop artist DMX canceled two concerts over the weekend, including this past Sunday's leg of Rolling Loud New York, in order to enter rehab.
A post on his Instagram account Saturday said, "In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support." No details were given.
The 48-year-old rapper, born Earl Simmons, had been scheduled to perform Saturday with Three 6 Mafia at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, and on the second day of the weekend hip-hop festival Rolling Loud New York, at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens. The Ying Yang Twins replaced him for the Saturday show.
DMX, who has a long history of addiction issues and related jail time, similarly canceled three shows in April 2017. His management said at the time it was a "medical emergency" and that it was "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."
Tickets remain on sale for three upcoming shows, two of them festivals that have not announced him as a cancellation. He is scheduled to headline a show with music artist T-Pain Nov. 27 at the Mission Ballroom in Denver and appear Nov. 16 at the Lotos Music Festival in Boca Raton, Florida, and Dec. 7 at the V101 Throwback Holiday Jam in Sacramento, California.
Whether as a general affirmation or directed at DMX, T-Pain tweeted Sunday, "Stay positive. You’re doing great. Just keep going! You’re almost there."
DMX was released from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia on Jan. 25 after serving a yearlong sentence on federal tax-evasion charges.
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