The rapper has now begun his 10-day jail sentence for minor drug and motoring offences...

Rapper DMX yesterday (February 26) finally turned himself into authorities to begin his jail sentence for minor drug and motoring offences.

The star, real name Earl Simmons, flew from California to upstate New York, where he surrendered to police at around 6pm (EST). He was originally sentenced to 15 days inside and a $400 fine after pleading guilty to driving without a licence, having been stopped on March 3, 2000, by traffic police. However, the sentence was commuted to 10 days after a series of appeals, and his lawyer Mark Mahoney has said in a statement that he expects DMX to be freed on good behaviour by next Tuesday or Wednesday (March 6 or 7).

He will serve his time in Erie County Correctional Facility.

DMX had been due to begin the sentence over a fortnight ago, but delayed it, explaining that he was contractually obliged to remain on the West Coast to complete promotional duties for new film ‘Exit Wounds’, in which he stars with Steven Seagal.