News: DMX Says The Champ Is Here W/ 'Weigh In', "The Focus Is On Taking The Music Seriously"

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 9:03AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Former Ruff Ryders leader DMX is out to prove his hunger for music-making is back in full effect by breaking down the motivation behind the new Weigh In EP.

According to X, he is once again back on his A-game as heard on the new star-studded project.

"It's a good thing. I wish it was always like that but you can't really worry about what people think, what they say. I just gotta do me," DMX told MTV News over the phone on Tuesday. "The focus is on taking the music seriously, as a job, and less trouble. ... I just happened to call Snoop [Dogg], while I was in the studio, he answered the phone, I sent him the joint, the next day I had it back -- I appreciate the fact that the love is still there. I look forward to working with more artists. I normally don't work with too many artists, but these have always been friends of mines." (MTV)

Contributing producer Dame Grease recently hit up SOHH and discussed the new EP.

"Man, this sh*t is the sh*t. It's a blowout. [laughs] Basically. We completed the album, Undisputed and we completed this at the same time," Dame told SOHH referring to the upcoming Weigh In EP. "We wanted to go and give the fans something because it's been like six years from the last album. We wanted to give the fans a teaser of the music before the album comes. We wanted to get this out there to the entire world. DMX is remembered for a lot of things like movies but he just wants people to remember him for his music. I just got the artwork and we're probably going to put that out and a new track later this week. Next Tuesday, we're releasing the whole EP." (SOHH)

Grease also went on to compare the EP-to-LP release to legendary rap crew N.W.A.'s early 1990's music projects.

"All things come full circle, man," Dame added. "When you think about the rap game back in '98, one of my first X songs was 'Get At Me Dog' and so you look at from when that was out to where the rap game is now, you're just looking for that substance music 'with' that raw sh*t that everybody f*cks with. We actually cut about three albums but we wanted to just get this project ready strictly for the streets. If you know, I've been doing the mixtapes for a minute with Max B, French Montana and those guys. DMX is an artist. He's like way super too big for a mixtape. So we decided to put this out with no deejay and in an album format. It's almost like, I don't want to do comparisons, but imagine [N.W.A's] 100 Miles and Runnin' [EP] before [their] N*ggaz4Life [album]." (SOHH)

X's Weigh In features a range of collaborations from West Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg to Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne.

The Weigh In EP has features from artists such as Snoop Dogg and Tyrese and also includes an interlude featuring Lil Wayne. At press time, confirmed production on the project comes from Fredwreck Moog, Rich Kidd, and X's longtime collaborator, Dame Grease. The EP marks one of the first projects from X since his last album, Year Of the Dog...Again, was released more than five years ago in 2006. (Leadership)

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