DMX
DMX (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

DMX performed at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival a day after he posted bail on tax evasion charges, and he took the time to preach to the crowd that he might not be a role model, but he still has plenty to say and deserves to be listened to.

The rapper is facing up to 44 years in jail, but he said that even that was a blessing because he has become closer to God.

–DMX charged with tax evasion, accused of hiding millions–

“What can you count on me for? The truth. I promise you that,” DMZ said during his performance. “If there’s one thing true, I’m everything you want to be. I’m the one you should listen to.”

“I ain’t a m***********g role model. I’m not a role model, alright? But you can count on me for the truth,” he continued.

He went on to say that he had become “closer to God” because of his work and his struggles, saying, “Being closer is hard, because the attacks get stronger, become much harder to fight, and they last longer. That’s the way it’s always been. Joy with the pain, dark with the light, sun with the rain.”

“But with the right perspective, there can be something to gain,” he said.

He then went on to tell the audience to “look for the blessing” in bad situations.

“You have the right to hurt, you have the right to be upset. If you’re strong enough to look past what you have the right to do to look at what you can do, then you get what you can’t get,” he said, adding, “There is a blessing in every curse. You just have to get past the self-pity and look for it.”