Rapper Yung Berg has publicly reached out to recently jailed artist DMX and said he hoped to one day get a chance to help resurrect the troubled star’s career.
Berg also reflected on his time as an artist on X’s Bloodline Records in the early 2000’s.
“Ah man, y’all know I was signed to DMX, first deal, and that was real major for me because X is like influential,” Berg explained in an interview with Mikey T The Movie Star. “X is the biggest artist of maybe my lifetime, my life span, my little time being out. Shout-out to him and [Jay-Z]. X is one of them dudes that’s crazy with it. I really want to be able to work with X. I wish I could just get with X and give him one of these hit records. I wish I could. Shout-out to Swizz, shout-out to Eve, shout-out to really everybody I got my grassroots started with because without y’all, those are the experiences that are priceless. Forget somebody knowing me when I got a record out or anything like that.” (Mikey T The Movie Star)
The rapper was signed to X’s label almost a decade ago.
Chicago native Yung Berg sat in the music industry background for the first half of the 2000s before his “Sexy Lady” jam blew up in 2007. At 15 years of age, he already had a record deal, signed to DMX’s fledgling Bloodline Records, but his parents hastily pulled him out, sending him off to a military boarding school in Montana in 2001. After returning from school a few years later, he moved out to Los Angeles to get his career going again. (All Music)
Last week, Ruff Ryders’ Swizz Beatz talked about X’s publicized legal woes.
“X is forever my brother and whatever he wants to do I’m with it as long as it’s the right thing,” Beatz said in an interview with DJ Vlad. “X has been X since day one. It’s just that now people see another side of X they didn’t before. X’s been going to jail, his first song was called ‘Born Loser’. He’s been in and out of group homes, he’s been had this trouble in his life that nobody cared about when he wasn’t successful. Then when he got successful, some of those elements leaked out and people didn’t embrace it and they shouldn’t have to embrace it, by the way. I just pray for X a lot, man, because I remember people couldn’t even follow up after his performances. Period…At the end of the day, you can’t help somebody if they’re not willing to help themselves.” (Vlad TV)
A day before Thanksgiving, X was denied bail over a probation violation in Arizona last month.
Rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, made a brief appearance Wednesday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court. Simmons, 39, denied violating his probation on drug charges, failing to submit to a drug test and driving with a suspended license. Court Commissioner Christine Mulleneaux ordered Simmons to remain in jail without bond. Simmons ended up behind bars in Arizona — for the sixth time in 10 years — last week. He was three months short of completing an 18-month substance abuse program. (KTAR News)
DMX’s next court hearing is scheduled for December 9th.
Check out Yung Berg speaking on DMX down below: