DMX's problems with drug abuse and the law began immediately upon his rise to stardom in 1998, as he was frequently charged with rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, assault, attempted aggravated assault, animal cruelty, possession of cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, weapons possession, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to signal, driving without a license, failure to notify the DMV of an address change, using indecent language, violating parole, theft, reckless driving and more over the next decade.

But in June 2004, DMX turned in his greatest performance as a criminal defendant yet when he attempted to commandeer a stranger's vehicle at New York's Kennedy Airport, claiming to be an FBI agent. Some might say this was the result of DMX's then nascent film career as an action star going to his head, but the 15 to 20 rocks of crack cocaine and an unspecified quantity of Oxycodone and Diazepam police found in his vehicle, which he'd earlier crashed through a parking-lot gate, seems a more likely culprit. Adding to his already impressive resume, the rapper was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and a controlled substance, criminal mischief, impersonation, menacing, driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to the Associated Press, after a court date related to the case, DMX hammed it up for the media, doing a dance down the steps of the Queens Criminal Court building. He may have calmed down since, but not all that much. A 2010 episode of Behind The Music dedicated to him was one of few in the show's history that charts an artist's descent into drug addiction but no subsequent rise; it shows a then-recent performance at a dingy nightclub in which he's barely able to hold it together. Since then, his arrest record has continued to grow.