Jay-Z has recently opened up about his relationship with late legendary rapper Earl Simmons fondly known as DMX.
In a discussion with LeBron James and others on the premier of the 4th season of HBO’s show, The Shop: Uninterrupted, Jay-Z opened up on DMX’s influence on his craft.
It is known that both rappers had quite a stiff competition back in the day. Now, Jay-Z has revealed the competitiveness was all in good spirit.
Speaking on The Shop, he said DMX inspired him to step up his game during the 1999 Hard Knock Life Tour.
Speaking on his relationship with DMX, Jay-Z said: “There was a competitive thing, but it was big love… He was so competitive with me.” “I never met a human being more competitive with me, like ever, not even my big brother,” he continued. “My fondest memory of DMX is he improved my stage show.”
Recounting the events of the first night of the tour which HOV described as sold out, he had this to say: “X is about to go, and I’m like, ‘I wanna see,’… And he goes [growls], and the f**** arena goes crazy.”
“First of all, it’s deafening, and I’m like, ‘Oh s***,'” the “Empire State of Mind” artist continued. “He has a thing, like an Alize and Hennessy mix, it looks like blood — like he’s drinking blood — and he’s running back and forth [on the stage].”
Jay-Z further revealed that after making the crowd go wild, DMX transitioned to another song, Prayer, changing the entire mood. “And now they’re crying, the whole arena is crying. And they’re like, ‘OK, now you go,'” Jay-Z described.
“I was like, ‘Okay, I have to figure out my space in this. I have to figure out where do I exist.’ ”
You know it is serious when you give one of the greatest rappers alive a run for their money. What will fans give to witness such moments one last time!
It is shame that death has taken away one of the best to ever do it. We can however take comfort in the fact that his legacy will never die. Rest on king.
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