X gon give it to ya.
Less than two months after his tragic death, DMXs eighth album Exodus has arrived. Executive produced by his longtime friend and collaborator Swizz Beatz, the posthumous setXs first on Def Jam since 2003features some of the biggest names in musicfrom Lil Wayne and The LOX to Alicia Keys and Bono.
JAY-Z and Nas join forces on Bath Salts, while Snoop Dogg appears on the Marvin Gaye-sampled Take Control. Moneybagg Yo fills in for Pop Smoke on Money Money Money, and DMXs youngest son Exodus Simmons joins his father on Walking in the Rain. The 13-track project closes with a vulnerable DMX rapping to his children about his struggles on Letter to My Son featuring Usher.
X passed away on April 9, a week after suffering a heart attack. After his death, Swizz felt obligated to finish what he and X started.
I wanted to get him on the level that he deserved to be on, minus the trials and tribulations that hes been dealing with since 14 years old, the producer told The New York Times. He still had more gas in the car. And it was like, man, we can still play in the race. Thats why the features feel like that, from Bono to Alicia Keys to Lil Wayne to JAY-Z and Nas. Surrounding him with a supporting cast of people thats on that greatness level.
Recording for the album picked up after DMXs Verzuz battle with Snoop Dogg in July and finished almost two months before Xs death. I couldnt sleep knowing that he wasnt at his full potential, added Swizz. Because X has been fighting his habit since 14, so when the world first heard X, he was fighting the same fight I was like, Ive got to fix this. That was a driver for me, because X created a lot of opportunities for a lot of people, myself included.
This likely wont be the last we hear from the Ruff Ryders legend. Swizz hinted that more music may be on the way including a possible gospel project. He wanted to end up in the spiritual zone with his music, Swizz revealed during a recent album listening.
Stream Exodus below.