*Rapper DMX is again a free man after being sprung from a Los Angeles jail Thursday afternoon.

The artist, born Earl Simmons, served 18 days of his 90-day sentence stemming from a reckless driving conviction in 2002.

Last year, DMX served all 90 days of his 90-day sentence of drug possession and animal cruelty charges in Maricopa County, Ariz.

He was ordered back behind bars for six months earlier this year after admitting to using cocaine while on probation. At the same time, the judge urged him to seek serious treatment for his substance-abuse problems.

The New York native surrendered to L.A. authorities on July 26 to begin serving his sentence for the 2002 probation violation.