One of the first photos released of Westchester rapper DMX from prison shows him heavier and grayer -- which some fans believe may be a good sign.
The once-muscular Earl Simmons has a pot belly and gray hair in the photo published by The Jasmine Brand .
Some fans say the additional weight could simply come from no longer using cocaine and crack .
Simmons was sentenced in March to a year in federal prison after pleading guilty last year in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to ducking $1.7 million in taxes.
The judge at the time called Simmons "a good man" who deserved less than the five years that federal prosecutors sought but still needed punishment for a "brazen and blatant" crime.
There's no parole in the federal system, meaning the father of 15 will have to serve out just about all of his sentence.
DMX is a Mount Vernon native who grew up in Yonkers. He lived near the Bedford border on McLain Street in Mount Kisco with now-estranged wife Tashera Simmons before putting the home into foreclosure in 2016 after filing for bankruptcy.
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