EXCLUSIVE video shows late rapper DMX rapping for inmates inside prison

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These never-before-seen videos show late rapper DMX performing for inmates inside a US prison while he was serving time for tax fraud. 

The rap icon passed away on 09/04, at the age of 50, after suffering an apparent drug overdose and heart attack at his home in White Plains, New York. 

The multi-platinum selling musician, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was no stranger to prison and had been incarcerated 30 times in his life. 

These exclusive videos were taken in 2018, when the superstar was incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center New York, after violating the conditions of his release for tax fraud by failing a drug test. 

The superstar can be seen energetically rapping in front of his fellow inmates in the prison dormitory.

A source, who took the footage and has asked to remain anonymous, said prisoners asked DMX to rap for them as he was being transferred to another facility and he obliged. 

The source said: "We were talking to each other right before he left. Someone asked if he could rap for us. 

"I had a cell phone and I recorded it as he was doing it." 

The source added that the star, who rose to prominence in the 1990s with fellow New York rappers Jay-Z and Ja Rule, got along well with his fellow inmates. 

"He was regular, considering the circumstances," they added.

"He got along swell with the other inmates. 

"We were there together for six months and then he got shipped to another jail. 

"We asked him questions about being a celebrity. 

"We asked him about the things that go on in Hollywood. 

"When he was around the guys, he seemed normal."

The former inmate said that this wasn't the only time that DMX rapped behind bars. 

"He occasionally rapped for us. 

"It was what he loved to do. 

"If someone asked him to do it, he would do it. 

"I grew up listening to him so being next to him and seeing it up close was amazing. 

"I never saw him write tracks in prison but I think that he did. 

"He was a popular guy. 

"He was popular in the free world so you know he was popular in prison." 

The source added that he was saddened by the news of DMX's death last week. 

"I felt bad. I grew up listening to him so it felt like a big deal."

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