In a recent interview with VIBE magazine, DMX opens up about his new upcoming album, his dislike for Young Money’s Drake, and his rumored beef with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. X was sentenced to a year behind bars last November for violating his probation, and was moved to the Mental Health Unit of the Arizona State Prison that following December. Before his imprisonment, the rapper was videotaped yelling, “F*ck Jay-Z”, and says that he has not exchanged words with Jay since he became President of Def Jam in 2005. There seems to be a lot of animosity towards Jay’s former position as the head of the company; and due to DMX’s previous conspiracy theories on the music industry, it sounds as if X feels that Jay played a crucial role in his release from the label. Taken from an excerpt of the interview, DMX states:
“I’ve not talked to him yet, since” DMX told VIBE, “But I had a show November 18th, before I got locked up–No November 12th I had the show. And somebody in the crowd was like ‘What’s up with Jay-Z’ and I was like ‘F–k Jay-Z’. And it ended up all over the place. So he called Swizz [Beatz], Swizz called me, and he tells Swizz ‘Yoo, why your man dissin me? I was gonna do a song with him’–Coulda, woulda, shoulda. F–king bulls–t. I don’t wanna hear that s–t. And like ‘Yo, can you just get him to say he ain’t mean it’–NO! I’m not saying that. What I did say is if he wanna talk to me, I’m man enough to let him know why it’s ‘F–k You’, but it’s still ‘F–k You’! That’s what it is. I’ll let you know why, I can do that. It ain’t like you gotta worry about me running up on you shooting you. It ain’t that serious. You don’t owe me nothing. But if you want an explanation as to why it’s ‘F–k You’, I’ll be more than happy to tell you why.”
The rapper also revealed his disaste for Drake’s lyrical ability, as he is quoted by saying,
“I don’t like Drake” X reveals. “It’s nothing that he did to me, He actually is talented. He’s very talented. Yeah, I don’t like him. It ain’t nothing personal. I don’t like his stuff. He is talented. He has a little wordplay here and there, but when I see him and hear him it’s like — ‘Money, I’m not rockin with that.’ “
Whatever that means. Upon his early release from prison on July 1st, DMX plans to drop his new single titled, “Get Your Money Up!” on July 2nd. You can read more from the interview here.