DMX Back to the Big House!

12/16/2010 12:00 PM PST

DMX -- Back to the Big House!

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.

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.