News: DMX Says Jay-Z Made Him Leave Def Jam, "I Lost It When He Became President" [Video]
Thursday, Sep 3, 2009 11:30AM
Former Def Jam rapper DMX has broken his silence on Jay-Z's stint at the helm of the label and why President Carter's pursuit of profits forced him to flee.
X explained why he still respected Hov but could not remain at the label when Jay was named president in 2005.
"I f*cks with him and had respect for him -- until he became the president of Def Jam and I ain't gonna say too much more about it, but you know what it is. There's a difference between doing wrong and being wrong. There's a difference between doing wrong and 'being' wrong, at one point you were 'being' wrong. N*ggas can't do it like we could, n*ggas couldn't do it like we could. N*ggas weren't able to -- we're artists. Jay is a talented motherf*cker. Don't misunderstand me. He is talented but he has no heart behind it. There's no soul behind it. It's motivated by money...But I still maintain the respect, because our birthday is in the same month and you know, we have history. But I lost it when he became president of Def Jam, that's why I left Def Jam...When you became the president, you hit me 'yo dog, the inmates is running the building!!!' You know what that mean, your mans is in charge...That's what it is, we good,' 'cause we had history. And then you go do that. You come down, listen to my sh*t -- we ready. Then you go on vacation. N*ggas take a picture of you with chancletas on. That's what you leave the hood for, son? That's why you walk out on your man for, son? Flip-flops? Serious? You serious? Real talk son, I respected you. I'm in my feelings about that. I'm hurt. I ain't ever talk about that." (Hip Hop Stan)
The two emcees previously headlined their Hard Knock Life Tour in 1999.
While last year's major hip-hop tours were limited to the sanitized fun of Smokin' Grooves and Puff Daddy and the Family, 1999 is shaping up to be a little rougher. Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man & Redman have announced an ambitious itinerary of arena dates dubbed the Hard Knock Life Tour. The quadruple bill features some of hip-hop's most popular and hardest hitting acts, all of which have had major commercial impact in recent months. (Live Daily)
While X had issues with Hov as president, Fabolous previously spoke on his positive relationship with Jay as a Def Jam executive.
"[Him being Def Jam president] definitely influenced our relationship," Fab said in an interview earlier this summer. "Of course we had seen each other in passing of course throughout the years but now with him being president we developed a different kind of relationship, you know what I mean? An artist-to-president relationship and also an artist-to-artist relationship as well because we've collaborated twice since then, so I think it was dope. And I always been a fan of Jay's music so it's a good thing." (Bootleg Kev)
Aside from his issues with Jay, X is currently working on his Ruff Ryders reunion.
"I'm about to drop this joint that was supposed to be DMX and Jadakiss, but it's gonna be DMX and Eve," Swizz Beatz said in an interview this summer. "I want people to hear Eve in that hard element again. X is on his A-game. They're in trouble. Just the lineup of music I have already done, ignorant! X is gonna come back so crazy. They are both on the way...I paused up on my album sh*t...I'm on a different level of expressing myself. I'd rather express musically than lyrically. But any minute, I can go in the studio and jump on some sh*t I made for somebody else and not wanna give it to them." (MTV)
Check out DMX speaking on Jay-Z below: