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12/16/2010 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

For rapper DMX it's NOT the most wonderful time of the year -- but it is familiar -- because he was just sentenced to prison again ... this time for probation violation.

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According to court officials in Arizona, the rapper -- real name Earl Simmons -- had his probation revoked today ... one month after he was arrested in Phoenix for failing to check in with his probation officer.

X had been out on parole after pleading guilty to assault in 2009.

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