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Swizz Beatz

Among last night’s most noteworthy BET Awards performances was an all-star tribute to the late, great DMX, who died on April 9. The performers featured in a medley of DMX’s hits included his ’90s superstar peers (Method Man, Busta Rhymes), his Ruff Ryders affiliates (Swizz Beatz, the Lox), his young disciples Griselda (who appeared on his posthumous album Exodus), and even actor Michael K. Williams, best known as Omar from The Wire. The lot of them ran through classics such as “What’s My Name?,” “X Gon’ Give It To Ya,” and “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.” Watch it all go down below.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

Michael K. Williams, Griselda and the Lox also helped pay tribute to the late rapper For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Performance will also feature Method Man, Griselda, and actor Michael K. Williams For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

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A few weeks before he died, DMX appeared on NORE’s Drink Champs podcast and talked about the outlandish list of guests he had lined up to appear on his new album: Bono, Usher, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, on and on. He wasn’t lying. On Friday, less than two months after DMX’s death, his final album Exodus made its way into the world. Only one of the collaborators who DMX named isn’t on the LP: Pop Smoke, the ascendant Brooklyn drill star who was murdered a year before DMX died. DMX never met Pop Smoke; the guest verse was something that his people had arranged with Pop Smoke’s estate. A posthumous Pop Smoke verse was supposed to appear on DMX’s track “Money Money Money,” but on the final version of the album, we get young Memphis star Moneybagg Yo instead. That Pop Smoke verse ended up appearing someplace else, so Swizz Beatz had to find a replacement.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

Last year, Swizz and DMX gathered for some of their most significant work together in more than two decades. But after DMX died suddenly this spring, the producer had to finish ‘Exodus’ alone. For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

One month ago, the game-changing rap great DMX died at the age of 50. DMX had been unresponsive in a hospital for days after suffering an overdose and a heart attack. At the time of his death, DMX had returned to Def Jam, the label that had released his classic material, and he’d been talking about big plans for a new album. Today, X’s longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz announces that the posthumous DMX album Exodus will arrive later this month.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

Exodus is scheduled to arrive at the end of May For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

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One week ago, DMX died. The Yonkers rap great had suffered a heart attack after an overdose, and he’d been unresponsive in a White Plains hospital for days. Even before X’s death, as the world waited for news on his condition, there was an outpouring of love for the music that DMX made during his lifetime. That’s still going, and we’ll presumably get a whole lot more music in the weeks ahead. Before his death, DMX had reportedly finished a new album that’s full of superstar guests. Last week, we got “X Moves,” a track that he recorded with an all-star backing band. And now we get another new song, made with a longtime collaborator.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

“Been to War” is on the soundtrack of Godfather of Harlem For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

New York radio veteran remembers the MC’s unique rapping style and love of muscle cars For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)