Rapper DMX has released a statement concerning confusion about who his managers are, after he missed several shows in a row.
Despite firing his previous managers, booking agents have contacted them in an attempt to book DMX – when in reality he hired an entire new team.
He said to AllHopHop.com, "I fired my old management team the day I got out of prison. My money and career have been sabotaged for long enough. Makin’ music and performing for my fans, that’s what I’m doin’ now. The Dog is back and I’ve cut these thieves out of my life.”
DMX's new manager is Jason Fowler of J-Mike Management & Entertainment, based in Mesa, Ariz.
According to the press release Fowler said he would pursue legal action against anyone claiming to accept deposits on behalf of the rapper.
“We’re hearing reports of people making deposits for shows, only to find out that it was a fraud. All bookings must be through his new management team, because DMX is not responsible for any transactions that are not through J-Mike Management & Entertainment,” said Fowler.
DMX is currently working on a new album to be released this winter and he is also planning a tour.
Comments made by the rapper regarding how he overcame his addiction to cocaine recently made news when he said, "Everyone was taking advantage of me with my finances, trying to put me in the direction to fail. I have 10 kids. I have to drive them in the right direction, so I let the cocaine go," he told the gossip news site.
The rapper has formed a relationship with God over the years, and said, "I am on a spiritual road to do right in my life. I am leaving out all negativity and going to stay on the right road to positive."
"[This time in jail] has gotten me closer ... to realizing, to actualizing my true calling in life, which is to be a pastor," he told Fox 10 News in 2009, while serving time in Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix.
He hopes to eventually launch a television program about how he can reach people for Jesus due to his fame.