Former Ruff Ryders front man DMX is looking to make a strong return to hip hop with the recent release of his new Weigh In EP.

He says that his main concern is dedicating all his attention to music and avoiding the negatives that have been so well documented. He's also looking to work with other artists, something he says he hasn't done often.

"It's a good thing. I wish it was always like that but you can't really worry about what people think, what they say. I just gotta do me. The focus is on taking the music seriously, as a job, and less trouble. I just happened to call Snoop [Dogg], while I was in the studio, he answered the phone, I sent him the joint, the next day I had it back. I appreciate the fact that the love is still there. I look forward to working with more artists. I normally don't work with too many artists, but these have always been friends of mines."

X just dropped the free EP on Tuesday so reviews from the hip hop world are still pending.