Exclusive: Black Rob On DMX's Music Career, "Maybe He Feels Like This Ain't His Calling No More"
Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 12:45PM
With DMX now free to roam the streets, SOHH recently hit up his "24 Hours To Live" collaborator Black Rob to get his take on the troubled star's return.
Shouting out X and wishing him the best, Rob said the rapper's focus on his outside ventures may push him away from focusing solely on a rap career.
"First of all, I just want to tell him I love him, man," Rob told SOHH. "He was one of the reasons why I wanted to go so hard all the time in my music. When I met him, it was like, 'Oh sh*t.' When we were in the cipher, we were going in. You hear me? Like, going in because nobody was backing down. N*ggas was going. Rhyme after rhyme, line after line. When I met him, it was like this is my dude. X used to come pick me up from my crib on 118th. He used to hit me up like, 'Come on downstairs, dog, we getting outta here.' Me and him used to drive around with the dogs in the back of the motherf*cking truck, driving around getting high and doing what we do and the things we loved to do, man. Big shout outs go out to him. I love him to death and I just want him to come on back and maybe he feels like this ain't his calling no more. He's real spiritual. You feel me? Maybe he feels like this ain't his calling no more." (SOHH)
Recently, Run-DMC's DMC talked to SOHH and gave his opinion on X's woes as of late.
"There's no such thing as f*cking stars," DMC told SOHH when asked his opinion on DMX's publicized legal woes. "When you look up into the sky, you don't see one star. DMX, David Beckham, Michael Jordan, none of us motherf*ckers is more important than anybody else on the face of the Earth. DMX, keep your head up because you're human and we all make mistakes. DMX is better than 98 percent of everybody out right now. If we're talking about records, ain't nobody had two number one's in the same year. As problematic as DMX is, nobody made street [relevant] records with the passion and purpose and understanding that his crazy a** did." (SOHH)
Last week, X became a free man after serving time behind bars stemming from a probation violation.
Stop us if you've heard this one before. DMX, the rapper-actor/jail magnet, was released from a Yuma, Ariz., prison today after spending seven months locked up for violating his probation. After he was met by a small coterie of family and friends, DMX (real name Earl Simmons) headed over to his probation officer to check in, then went on a little shopping spree. Along the way, he caught up with those closest to him and unveiled his plans to revive his dormant career. (E! Online)
Prior to his release, Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz said X needs to regain his spot in hip-hop.
"I'll always work with DMX; that's my brother no matter what," Swizz Beatz said in an interview. "X was a winner already. Now it's just a matter of getting that title back. Bottom line is, he's a winner. It's just on when he wants to win again; it's all up to him." (All Hip Hop)
Check out some past DMX footage below: