The legacy continues.
Just one month after his death, DMXís posthumous album Exodus has been announced. Executive produced by Swizz Beatz, the rap legendís eighth studio album is set for release on May 28 featuring all-new original recordings.
ďMy brother X was one of the most pure and rare souls Iíve ever met,Ē Swizz said in a statement. ďHe lived his life dedicated to his family and music. Most of all, he was generous with his giving and loved his fans beyond measure. This album, X couldnít wait for his fans all around the world to hear and show just how much he valued each and every single person that has supported him unconditionally.Ē
According to a press release, ďthemes of redemption weave throughout Exodus,Ē which is also the name of DMXís youngest son, Exodus Simmons. The artwork was shot by Jonathan Mannion, who captured some of DMXís most iconic images throughout his career. X also had the Bible passage ďExodus 1:7Ē tattooed on his neck.
Exodus marks DMXís first album since 2012ís Undisputed and his first on Def Jam in 18 years. During one of his final interviews with N.O.R.E.ís ďDrink ChampsĒ podcast earlier this year, X revealed some of the featured guests including the late Pop Smoke, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, and Usher, as well as members of the Griselda crew including Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, and Westside Gunn.
He also had a collaboration with U2ís Bono called ďSkyscrapers.Ē ďItís crazy,Ē X said of the track, which was originally recorded for Swizzí album Haute Living in 2011 and featured Kanye West. ďIt got like a Miami feel to it. I feel like I want to shoot the video here.Ē
In an interview with Fox 5 New York, Darrin ďDeeĒ Dean of Ruff Ryders spoke about Exodus. ďItís sad that heís not gonna be here, but the musicÖThis album right here is special,Ē he said. ďLike you probably never heard no music like you heard on this one that we did right now. This is probably one of his great albums. One of the best. Itís a classic, for sure.Ē
DMX died on April 9 after suffering a heart attack. He was 50.