Late legendary hip hop veteran DMX drops the second single, “Hood Blues”, off highly anticipated posthumous album, ‘Exodus’, on Tuesday 25 May 2021 through Def Jam Recordings.
The track features new school rappers, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, and Westside Gunn while production was handled by Swizz Beatz.
Swizz Beatz in an interview on Apple Radio with Zane explained that X saw the opportunity for collaboration as a blessing. He said DMX felt at ease knowing he only had to do just three verses.
“Hood Blues” dropped nearly two months after DMX’s demise and would feature on his forthcoming posthumous album, Exodus.
The track started off with some signature ad-libs from the veteran rapper with some sound effects which set the stage for Westside Gunn to enter his world of grime and arts.
The intro also served as a bridge between one of the veterans of street rap and the new school.
Benny the Butcher also joined in on verse 2 while Conway The Machine rapped saying “Ah, you throwin’ shots you better be precise/ If I only squeeze it twice, that’s me bein’ polite”, before DMX appears to close out the track.
“Hood Blues” is a follow-up to “Been to War”, his first posthumous release that dropped in April, just days after he left the world.
The full-length album, “Exodus”, drops on 28 May 2021. See the full tracklist here.