Former Def Jam star DMX continues to make headlines this week and has now laid rumors claiming there is still tension between him and Jay-Z to rest.
Although they recently had issues with one another, X said things have since smoothed out although he is still unsure if they will ever grace the same track again.
“I don’t have a problem with him,” he said after a long pause, “but we ain’t high-fiving in the locker room or chest bumping.” One fan on Twitter then posed the ultimate question: Would DMX and Jay-Z ever put their differences behind them long enough to collaborate? “Anything’s possible,” was X’s response. “I won’t be the one to say ‘no’ or stand on something ignorant like ‘no I will never’ — that doesn’t make sense. I don’t see it happening, but anything’s possible.” (MTV)
Last fall, former Murder Inc. Records CEO Irv Gotti revealed internal tensions between X and Jay existed in the mid-1990’s.
“Jay and X did not like each other at all. And it was always competitive,” Irv revealed. It all stemmed from an early battle, circa 1994, between Hov and the Dog, years before any one of them broke through. Though DMX was used to winning most of his battles decisively, nearly every account of the showdown revealed that it ended in a tie. “X hated Jay because it was the one battle that he said it wasn’t absolutely sure in everyone’s mind that he won,” Irv said. (RapFix)
In the past, jailed rapper Ja Rule said their competitive nature between one another kept a super-group from forming.
“We tried to put [the Murder Inc. group] together, but it didn’t pan out,” Rule said. “I think egos got in the way of that whole situation. But you’ve got to understand that that’s hip-hoip, too. N*ggas are competitive. I think [DMX] and Jay[-Z] were so competitive [that]…real talk, we couldn’t even get [them] in the same room because of their competitive natures and what they had been through before that [with] — the legendary battle that they had on the pool tables up in Uptown with the guns out.” (The LIFE Files)
Prior to Ja’s remarks, X discussed calling out Jay at a 2010 live concert.
“I’ve not talked to him yet, since. But I had a show November 18th, before I got locked up–No November 12th I had the show. And somebody in the crowd was like ‘What’s up with Jay-Z’ and I was like ‘F*ck Jay-Z’. And it ended up all over the place. So he called Swizz [Beatz], Swizz called me, and he tells Swizz ‘Yoo, why your man dissin me? I was gonna do a song with him’–Coulda, woulda, shoulda. F*cking bullsh*t. I don’t wanna hear that sh*t. And like ‘Yo, can you just get him to say he ain’t mean it’–NO! I’m not saying that. What I did say is if he wanna talk to me, I’m man enough to let him know why it’s ‘F*ck You’, but it’s still ‘F*ck You’! That’s what it is. I’ll let you know why, I can do that. It ain’t like you gotta worry about me running up on you shooting you. It ain’t that serious. You don’t owe me nothing. But if you want an explanation as to why it’s ‘F*ck You’, I’ll be more than happy to tell you why.” (VIBE)