DMX freestyles in front of the Manhattan Courthouse in the summer of 2017; Photo: Page Six

A lawyer for Earl Simmons b.k.a. DMX is making an unusual request ahead of his client’s hearing for tax evasion. Attorney Murray Richman is asking if he could play a few DMX songs in court as a way for U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff to fully understand his client’s point of view.

DMX had his bail revoked in January for failing to adhere to bail conditions. His lawyer is hoping that playing DMX’s songs will help the judge understand how vital music is to him, and that if he were allowed back on tour he could pay back some of the $1.7 million in back taxes and support he owes.

According to Billboard, Richman sent the judge lyrics to “Slippin’” and “The Convo,” among others. “It is raw Earl,” said Richman. “We are not here or desirous of molding him into what some may want to see; Earl is uniquely him and that is both his beauty of mind and his genius.”

The first verse to “Slippin'” might tug at a heart string or two, and convince the judge that DMX is a complicated if not troubled individual. DMX is forthcoming with his struggles, and explains that his kids are his source of joy and inspiration.

He raps: [LISTEN]

I’ve been through mad different phases like mazes, to find my way
And now I know that happy days are not far away
If I’m strong enough I’ll live long enough to see my kids
Doing something more constructive with their time than bids

It’s been a tumultuous career for DMX, a roller coaster full of exhilarating highs and depressing lows. Despite his troubles, there’s no denying his skills as a rapper. Hopefully he can put his past behind him, and focus on music because the rap world could certainly use a little more DMX in its bloodstream.