Rakoff said he was told DMX, 46, travelled to St. Louis and Chicago without permission and tested positive for cocaine since his arrest last month.
DMX hugged friends after his hearing.
DMX's lawyer demurred and said the drug tests weren't telling the whole story.More news: Pep Guardiola - Manchester City squad won't need big changes in future
"I'm going to not detain him in jail, although a very strong argument could be made for detaining him in jail", Rakoff said, adding that he believes too many people are locked up before trial. He also says DMX traveled at least twice without getting permission from authorities. Roughly four weeks after spending a night in a jail cell after turning himself in for a tax evasion charges, Page Six reports X, born name Earl Simmons, could be sent back after violating the terms of his bail conditions. "Just being in there and being able to walk out".
The "X Gon Give It to Ya" rapper is in even more trouble.
Prosecutors say DMX owes $1.7 million in taxes. He is now out on $500,000 bond, and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.