Gary Susman
June 30, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

DMX and rival Ja Rule have something in common beside their gruff voices: Both have been busted on profanity raps for their performances at Caribbean music festivals. Ja Rule was cited two years ago in Jamaica, and DMX was arrested on Saturday for his four-letter phrasing during a concert the previous evening on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was freed on $376 bail and was due in court in the city of Basseterre on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

Organizers said they warned the rapper, who appeared on a bill that included fellow Ruff Ryder Eve and Ashanti, that it was a misdeameanor to use profanity on the stage. ”There was a contract signed in which it was made very clear long before the arrival of the artists that there are laws in St. Kitts that do not take kindly to the use of indecent language on stage,” Information Minister Jacinth Henry Martin told AP. But DMX said he’d signed no such agreement, adding that he would not have performed had he known he would have to censor himself.

Speaking to fans after his release, the 32-year-old rapper (real name: Earl Simmons), said, ”I just want to thank all my fans for showing the support they did show. It feels good to get out of jail, but it feels a thousand percent better when you get out of jail to see everybody say they love you.”

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