After being arrested in the Upstate three times this year, rapper and Spartanburg County resident Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name DMX, is set to release a new song – of the gospel variety.

DMX, 42, will release a gospel track called “Never Give Up,” according to his publicist. A release date has not been set, but a preview of the song is already on YouTube.

DMX reached mainstream success in the late ‘90s with hit songs..

His publicist Domenick Nati said Wednesday that gospel songs are nothing new to the musical artist. He has released a gospel song on every album, and he always includes a gospel song whenever he writes new music, Nati said.

DMX was not available for comment.

The new song, which was recorded the day before Thanksgiving in Greenville, is about God and perseverance.

Over the past several years, most of Simmons struggles have involved multiple arrests, drugs and financial problems.

On Nov. 4, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Police Department arrested him. Officers, who were familiar with his previous arrests, noticed Simmons behind the wheel of a vehicle at the airport terminal, according to a police report. He was charged with driving under suspension, having an uninsured vehicle and not having a licensed vehicle.

In August, the rapper was arrested and charged by the Greer Police Department with a drug offense and failure to appear in court. According to a police report, officers found bags of marijuana in a truck in which he was riding.

Earlier this year in February, he was arrested by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in Greer and charged with driving without a valid license.

Simmons filed for bankruptcy in July, but a New York judge denied the bankruptcy last month.

His problems with the law date back for several years. In 2008, DMX served a jail sentence for charges that included animal cruelty, drug possession and theft.

Earl “DMX” Simmons recently met his mother and she gathered some story expressing how she had abandoned him at age 7 because of his bad behavior in school which lead to court issues, and the judge mandated for her find him a place or the courts would place him somewhere, so she left him.

According to DMX: “Yeah, I read the whole Bible. I just been made a deacon at the church I used to go to, Morning Star. I would like my first sermon to be there or in Yonkers. The biggest step is not in the studying, reading, but the warning to change the way you live. Wanting different things for yourself, and making that change because if you still want to drink and smoke, you could read as much as you want, that doesn’t mean you’re ready.”

Nati explains deacon DMX is still using marijuana and working to rid himself of it.

Morning Star Baptist should be ashamed of yourselves for ordaining this young man to minister.