- Iconic rapper and businessman Jay-Z has nothing but respect for late musician DMX
- Jay-Z narrated how he was amazed by DMX's energy at a show they were performing in
- According to Jay, DMX had the crowd jumping one minute and crying the next minute
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Legendary hip hop musician Jay-Z has heaped praise on late rapper DMX. Speaking on The Shop series, Jay said no one matches DMX's stage presence.
Recounting an instance when they performed at the same show, the Young Forever rapper said he was performing after DMX.
Jay described feeling doubtful on whether he could outdo the performance by DMX.
“And he growls, and the arena goes crazy. Halfway through the show, he takes his shirt. And the whole crowd goes wild,” the rap billionaire narrated.
He further lauded how DMX took the crowd on an emotional rollercoaster as they shed tears moments after jumping with exhilaration.
“First, the guys are going crazy. Now the girls are going crazy. And then he gets to the end, and he starts a prayer. The whole arena is crying,” he said.
Snubbing the Grammys
Jay has always respected the Ruff Ryder rapper, who passed away on April 9, 2021.
According to Jay, despite his album Hard Knock Life scooping two Grammys in 1999, he snubbed the event to show support for DMX.
He explained that DMX had topped charts, and he found it disrespectful when the Recording Academy snubbed the late rapper.
DMX’s posthumous album dubbed Exodus dropped on May 28, 2021.
Exodus, his eighth official album, features hip hop greats including Jay-Z, Nas, and Snoop Dogg.
Alicia Keya and Usher are also featured on the album.
"My brother X was one of the purest and most rare souls I've ever met. He lived his life dedicated to his family and music.
"Most of all, he was generous with his giving and loved his fans beyond measure," Swizz Beatz eulogised him before the album was released.
In other news, Jay became the first rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jay has sold over 75 million singles and 50 million album copies globally.
He has 14 successful albums and has won a record-breaking 22 Grammy Awards.
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