New York rapper DMX called out former associate/Def Jam labelmate Jay-Z at an Arizona concert over the weekend and shunned the content of most hip-hop artists.
Addressing fans at a Scottsdale concert, X publicly called out Young Hov.
“Y-O, Y-O in this b*tch, n*gga,” X told a crowd of Arizona fans. “New York to AZ, New York to AZ, n*ggas must be crazy, f*ck Jay-Z! Ya heard? Ya heard? … What do y’all think is the state of the rap industry right now? I mean, you know, I’m an artist so I kind of have bias views but I think most these n*ggas suck! I think they not only suck, but they suck d*ck! I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, we’re real people. Most of us got jobs — but you got these n*ggas talking about Bentleys, mansions and pool parties, we don’t rock that sh*t son! So my take on it is, you got Patron in your cup? Good for you! You got a b*tch that wanna f*ck? Good for you! You sittin’ on 24’s? Good for you! You got Lamborghini doors? Good for you! Because at the end of the day? I ain’t got that sh*t…” (Goon Boss TV)
Last year, X publicly called out Jay and said his time as Def Jam President around the mid-2000’s forced him to leave the label.
“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)
Last April, Jay credited X for perfecting his touring skills.
“In hip-hop, there’s not many great performers,” Jay said in an interview. “I look outside the genre, measuring myself against others. I look at Madonna’s production and envy that. Daft Punk‘s set…ll my early years? Forget it. I was a horrible performer. DMX tore me to pieces. I remember being stunned. [DMX] had me really working. But I had to figure this out. If you want to be a headliner, you better put on a headline show.” (Los Angeles Times)
Check out DMX’s footage below: