DMX Signs With Sony Urban/Columbia

DMX officially rejoined

Sony/ Columbia as a recording artist yesterday (Jan. 13) at Sony Recording studios

in New York.

The rapper started his career on the Ruffhouse/Sony imprint

in 1992, with the release of his single “Born Loser.”

“Sony Music was the first company to ever pay me,”

DMX said. “[It] feels good to have my career come full circle by being

back home, where I started.”

DMX, accompanied by Swizz Beats, Ruff Ryder co-founder and CEO

Joaquin “Waah” Dean, was welcomed back into the Sony fold by a slew

of Sony/Columbia execs.

“DMX has continually redesigned the rap genre and dramatically

expanded the possibilities for creative expression,” Sony Chairman Steve

Barnett told a packed auditorium.

The first album under the three-album Sony/Columbia deal is

titled Here We Go Again, which was previously recorded for Def Jam.

Sony bought DMX’s previous contract with Def Jam, but

most of the album will be re-produced for his Sony debut. In published reports,

the rapper said he could not work with Def Jam president Jay-Z because they

were both “too big.”

DMX was recently

released from Rikers Island, where he served a 70-day sentence for parole violations.