DMX: I Am Not Signing With Rick Ross

DMX was released from Yuma Prison in Yuma, Arizona at about 5:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday (July 19) and the dog made it clear to XXL that he’s an unsigned “free agent” who can’t wait to release his next album…It just won’t be on Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group.

“Nah, probably not,” the Yonkers native told XXL exclusively live on location in Arizona, in between being disappointed by a Dillard’s department store’s clothing collection that morning and hitting the studio late that night.

DMX wouldn’t delve into why he was dismissing the alleged offer of signing to the Boss’s MMG imprint, but promised that his next album – no release date as of press time – will return realness and rawness to hip-hop.

“It’s missing that,” DMX said in his traditional gruff tone. “I don’t know what it’s about anymore. I don’t know what [rappers are] doing.”

For more comprehensive coverage on DMX, stay tuned to XXLMag.com all day long. –Mark Lelinwalla

[Don't forget to watch DMX as he performs a prayer exclusively for XXL that he wrote in jail, set to be included on his forthcoming album here]

[Peep XXL's photo gallery and timeline of DMX's first 24 hours out of prison]

  • RA

    damn ross…x aint fucking with you cuz you was a corrections officer. he knows that shit matters in the streets…

    • marioslim

      You know HipHop is in critical condition when the highest selling artist made racist rap songs and tried to bury them by suing the Source magazine.

      LiL Wayne is still the hottest rapper in the game, no need to worry about a crackhead that enjoys prison.

      • EReal

        ^You don’t know what you’re talking about, and you are the reason hiphop is on life support.

      • SMACK 5

        You know what real does recognize real you’ll dumb asses can say that marioslim whateva your name is DMX call his self 5 x champion for a reason name 5 album lil wayne went platinum on straight if dmx didnt start bs with the crack he wiouldve been up there with jayz did you hear the free style between him and jay crushed him. lil wayne on pill syrup i guess that cool don’t get me wrong i f’s with lil wayne he’s cartoon dont get me wrong people buy his shit ya’ll sucker fools everybody in the music industry of rapper put ross on they shit it sell.what the hell have 50 done talk bad about a man being a man cause his did coke did you know 50 got caught sniffing coke in africa on tour over the where he got rob.dmx sign with MMG it about money ya’ll dam fool dont see right now the music industry is about MMG AND YMCMB you go get paid. or you can go to Jay who go to bs your career and you really wouldnt see a profit but you will be in illuminate with the devils.so

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Ch*l*z

    Welcome back (son)….hope u keep ur head right this time.

  • Sha

    The question was never “Would X take a chance on Rick Ross”. The real question is “What viable record label will take a chance on DMX?”

    DMX is the Hip-Hop’s version of Amy Winehouse. But with a more violent take on it….

    X needs to give up hip-hop completely until he gives his personal like a thorough cleaning. Saying prayers on stage is cool and all but God wants us to use the basic intelligence he gave us. Thinking God will magically remove problems from your life without utilizing common sense and having some personal accountability is stupid.

    I wish you well X. But all signs point towards……

    • Aaron

      if you know about the bible the best people to spread his word are the trouble souls…..The 12 Apostles all had there demons , yet Jesus rolled with them……DMX is a real figure that Hip Hop is missing……There is no manly dudes in the game right now……Just a bunch of hand clapping, singing, wack ass rappers!……For DMX not to sign with Officer Ricky and his crew tells you that he really understands that he can stand alone and make it happen….That is what real men do!..He was on top of the game before, and he will do it again!..Trust me the way the game is now is going to change to what it was when he ruled!……Real Dudes talking about Real things!

      • deronn

        THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT COMMENT, YOU SEE ANOTHER SIDE OF THE COIN. THESE OTHER PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING FROM IGNORANCE. 99% OF THE INDUSTRY IS DOING SOME DRUGS, EVEN HOLLYWOOD. BUT DMX KNOWS WHO HE IS, AND AS LONG AS GOD KNOWS HIS HEART IS ALL THAT MATTERS. FOR THE PEOPLE WHO SAYS ITS ABOUT THE MONEY ITS TRUE BUT DMX IS ABOUT SOUL NOT MONEY THATS WHY HE DIDNT FUCK WITH JAY Z.

  • cr

    its obvious that corrections officer shit dont matter in the streets. Ross is poppin, lets be real. X should gone get down with MMG. What he got to lose?

    • cb

      he can lose all of his LOYAL fans, this game is f***** up. they trying to make it look hot to wear tight ball hugging pants. the last time i checked women wear tight pants. plus when i was coming up if you wore tight pants you got your ass beat. also they made it ok for 2 grown “non homo” men to kiss and says its ok. thats why Manny aint working with them cats

  • http://detroitrap.com FRED

    DETROIT CATS DONT FEEL RICKY COP LOL WE OUT HERE DONT LIKE FAKE MF LOL GOOD X DOIN RIGHT THING HOPE HE STAYS FOCUSED AND GIVES US ONEMORE HOT ALBUM HE NEEDS TO GET THE WHOLE CREW RYDERS BACK EVE READY TO DROP JADA READY WHY NOT THEY ALL WERE ONE ILL CREW

  • smashin

    x would never fuck with ross,noone should.what x needs to do is take his wife and kids or a fine ass female to hawaii for 2 wks and assess his situation.woof

  • http://xxl.com biged

    im soo sick of hearing that correctional officer shit already.. rap is like professional wrestling nobodys out killing hoes and shooting up cops u fuckin moron. 2pac died a long time ago. why do u think these rappers only get a year at a shot. if they were that hardcore they would be lifers.” no one should fuck wit ross” ya cuz if he waved a mil in ur face ud say no man u were a cop. WAKE THE FUCK UP ALREADY ITS RAP ITS ENTERTAINMENT

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      “WAKE THE FUCK UP ALREADY ITS RAP ITS ENTERTAINMENT”

      ^ this is just as bad as “hating”…ALL rap ain’t “entertainment”.

      I think you missed the Killer Mike thread…have you heard of Dead Prez? Public Enemy? KRS-One?

      “Rap is entertainment” and “hating” just take away the fan’s right to choose…you HAVE to listen to fraudulent tales because it’s all for fun, and if you don’t like it and offer an opinion, you’re hating, so keep your mouth shut.

      Do you see it know?

  • IAMHIPHOP

    YOU KNOW HIPHOP IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION WHEN A CORRECTION OFFICER IS THE HOTTEST RAPPER.WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THAT? I CAN FRONT I FUCKEN HATE RICK ROSS.THE BIGGEST FRAUND IN HIPHOP HISTORY.50 CENT CALLED THAT SUCKA OUT YEARS AGO.LIKE OIL AND WATER,HIPHOP AND COPS DONT MIX.STRAIGHT UP!!!!

    • Afi K. James

      Yeah and 5-0 did the same shit to young buck and game, thank god they finally saw the truth in him.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Hahahah, real recognize fake. DMX is smart, why jump on a sinking ship.MMG aint hot, their sales are bricks compared to respectable artists. Why would DMX jump on something unstable, as long as he keeps his head straight and releases some hot shit independently and shows he is serious about comin back. Any respectable label would sign him. Besides most successful labels these days are the independent ones any way, big labels have to have extremely well selling artists to stay afloat in todays industry any way.

    Its sad that people are letting quality music decline by buying into the garbage these talentless rappers like Ross Gucci and Waka are puttin out.

  • DV

    X would fit perfect on Duck Down. His superstar days are over. At Duck Down he doesnt have to worry about that. Just do your music how you wanna do it, tour, make your money and chill.

  • Snapback

    youtube.com/watch?v=-9DFWp32L6g
    Quality Shit!

  • C-Dog

    DMX IS THE HARDEST, GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE WACK ASS RAPPERS, REAL IS BACK! GET THE RUFF RYDERS BACK! DOUBLE R! Jada, Styles P, LoX…you know..GIVE THESE WEAK ASS RAPPERS WHAT THEY CAME FOR, [WHATS THAT?] SURGERY WITH A CHAINSAW!!!!

  • http://xxl.com biged

    let me clarify myself then. no all rappers aint phony, just most of them ok the ones that say they out bustin caps all night. ya everbody knows about krs and and pe. what about fuckin x clan poor righteous teachers. i could go on and on too. i had a fuckin tape player. there will always be those few raw rappers that live by what they rap about. but then u got these cats that just say shit to flap their gums. and theres more and more of them everyday like a disease. im just sayin bring that raw shit back and it has- tech n9ne, slaughterhouse, em , wu tang, smiff n wesson , d block , nas, outlawz, brotha lynch hung= real rap homie

  • tim

    yo X u definetly sign wit tech n9ne n strange music ull b good wit dem…..412

  • INCA-TAINO

    people could say what ever they want about DMX, but in his days he was really one of the hardest. yeah he used drugs, but if you dig his background, as a child he was tricked into using it, by villians , not knowing what the drug really was. And sadly its a dilema that he deals with now. A nigga like DMX, was still able to put out classics, because he rally suffered, and went through hell. He has a real newyork nigga mentality, and i think in his eyes he sees rick ross as the lil waynes and like them other clowns that the south has right now, . yeah in miami it was murderous during the hispanic mafia days, but i dont think rick ross is really a G, no less a boss. DMX no matter his downs and failures, he can still see and sense whats fake…

  • INCA-TAINO

    I MEANT TO SAY RICK ”THE OFFICER” ROSS IS NOT REALLY A ”G”, MY BAD

  • SMACK 5

    we got some intellegent people that know what they are talking about rap is entertainment.

  • ERIC HOLMES

    Dmx should collab more with Jada and do more songs with Jadakiss