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Jay-Z Recalls the Time DMX Brought a ‘Whole Arena’ to Tears

It’s hard to imagine Jay-Z being intimidated by another artist, but it seems that was exactly the case during a performance gig with DMX. On the latest episode of LeBron James’ HBO series The Shop, Hov shed more light on the late rapper’s unparalleled stage presence. Jay said he had been tapped to perform immediately after X finished his set, and became increasingly aware that the Ruff Ryder would be a tough act to follow.
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DMX, Juice WRLD & More: What's Your Favorite New Music Release? Vote!

Fans of late rappers DMX and Juice WRLD got to hear their voices once more in new posthumously released projects. DMX's first posthumous album since his passing in April, Exodus, channels the Ruff Ryder icon's rage and raw spirit while featured artists Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Bono and Lil Wayne pay their respects.
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DMX Album 'EXODUS' Drops with Jay-Z, Bono, Snoop, Kanye

DMX lives on with his voice ... and with an assist from some very famous musical friends. X's album, "EXODUS," just dropped, and it's filled with assists from folks like Alicia Keys, Bono, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Snoop, The Lox, Usher, Moneybagg Yo, Griselda and Kanye. The album was produced by...
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The FADER

The 7 projects you should stream now

Completed before DMX's tragic passing, Exodus marks the rapper's first posthumous full-length release and eighth studio album. His longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz executive produced the project and shepherded it to completion; JAY-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne, Bono, Alicia Keys, Usher, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn, Snoop Dogg, and more feature.
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Slate

DMX’s Final Interview Should Be a Wake-Up Call

We’ve lost too many important rappers over these past few years, in startling succession and at tragically young ages. Throughout April, DMX, Black Rob, and Shock G, all genre pioneers in their 50s, died within weeks of one another. Just a few months earlier, in December 2020, MF DOOM’s wife revealed the masked-face villain had died two months before—a jarring announcement that couldn’t help but remind many fans of the 1993 death of the rapper Subroc, DOOM’s brother, in a fatal car accident. (DOOM’s cause of death remains unknown.) 2020 also claimed Malik B, a founding member of the Roots, along with too many other up-and-coming talents like FBG Duck, King Von, and Jordan Groggs, a member of Injury Reserve. In New York City alone last year, the coronavirus took Fred the Godson’s life, while 20-year-old (and already legendary) Pop Smoke was shot and killed. To this day, I still regularly hear Pop Smoke and DMX’s ferocious, gripping songs blasting from cars in my Brooklyn neighborhood.
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A.V. Club

DMX makes his posthumous Exodus: 5 new releases we love

There’s a lot of music out there. To help you cut through all the noise, every week The A.V. Club is rounding up A-Sides, five recent releases we think are worth your time. You can listen to these and more on our Spotify playlist, and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to purchase featured artists’ music directly at the links provided below. Unless otherwise noted, all releases are now available.
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Vulture

Jay-Z, Nas, and DMX Are an Unstoppable Trio on Exodus Collab ‘Bath Salts’

A stunning followup to their previous joint effort for DJ Khaled. Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by Getty Images. DMX’s posthumous album Exodus arrived on May 28 with a stacked track list — including the second Jay-Z and Nas collab in a matter of weeks. The album’s second track, “Bath Salts,” unites a trio of larger-than-life New York rappers on the same track for the first time. DMX had previously worked with Jay-Z and Nas separately in his late-’90s heyday, first joining Jay-Z first on Mic Geronimo’s 1995 track “We Build It” and Nas on the 1998 Belly soundtrack song “Grand Finale.” And after squashing their legendary beef, Jay-Z and Nas joined forces a few times, most recently to boast about cryptocurrency wins on DJ Khaled’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” off his April album Khaled Khaled. “Bath Salts” finds Jay, Nas, and X further in their element, channeling their prime with victory-lap bars. To his winning point, Jay-Z even invites girls to “come be my Kardashian,” in a possible Kanye reference (although we sure hope Bey isn’t listening!). On top of that, the song features one of DMX’s best verses on all of Exodus, showcasing the authoritative aggression he could tap into like none other.
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DMX Becomes Posthumous Product With ‘Exodus’

An early concern of social media was what would happen to a person’s online presence when they died. As Facebook gained traction, the accounts of those who’d recently passed away became living memorials, with friends and loved ones posting comments in remembrance. Sometimes an estate would continue to post on a deceased loved one’s behalf, raising questions about what exactly it means to honor the dead. In music, as streaming platforms similarly reconfigure our relationships with the artists we love, posthumous releases have thrived, presenting another awkward tension. Grieving fans surely want to hear new work from their favorite artists, but it’s hard to know if these albums — which have arrived at a tragically rapid clip in the past year — would have existed in their same form had the artists been able to have a say.
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Billboard

DMX’s Posthumous Album ‘Exodus’ Is Here: Stream It Now

DMX is sadly gone, but he’s not forgotten. The late rapper passed away last month, triggering an outpouring of grief among fans and the global hip-hop community. He left behind more than memories. At the stroke of midnight, Def Jam Recordings shared the posthumous DMX album Exodus, featuring assists from Jay-Z, Nas, Bono, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Moneybagg Yo, among others.
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Vulture

New DMX Song Featuring Griselda Crew Out Ahead of Posthumous Album

The latest from DMX is a cross–New York collaboration. “Hood Blues,” the first single off the rapper’s forthcoming posthumous album, Exodus, features the core members of the upstate Griselda crew: Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher, and Conway the Machine. The trio delivers hard-talking, swaggering verses over a ’70s jazz sample, culminating with Yonkers native DMX in the last verse. “I done punk’d more n - - - - - than Ashton Kutcher,” he raps in his signature rasp, referencing Kutcher’s MTV show. Benny previously teased the track on TikTok in February with a video of himself and DMX listening to the song. The Griselda features are just a few of many on Exodus, out on May 28; the album also features producer Swizz Beatz, the LOX, Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Usher, and Bono, among others. Exodus arrives over a month after DMX’s death on April 9. At the time, Westside posted a clip of DMX confirming the Griselda feature on his new album. “They’ll NEVER be another X, nothing but respect and Thank you,” Westside wrote on Instagram.
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The Oakland Press

New Music: DMX, Moby, Blackberry Smoke, Chase Rice, more...

DMX, "Exodus" (Ruff Ryders/Def Jam): A posthumous set from the late rapper, who died April 19, compiled and produced by Swizz Beats with guest appearances by Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, U2 frontman Bono and others. John Hall, "Reclaiming My Time" (Sunset Blvd.): The Orleans frontman's first...
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hypebeast.com

Best New Tracks: DMX, Eminem, J Balvin and More

DMX - EXODUS. Def Jam Recordings and executive producer Swizz Beatz released DMX’s posthumous album EXODUS. The 13-track project features a fine selection of collaborations with the likes of JAY-Z, Nas and the Griselda titans, and is a masterful reminder of X’s unique voice. “This album, X couldn’t wait for his fans all around the world to hear and show just how much he valued each and every single person that has supported him unconditionally,” Swizz Beatz said in a previous statement.
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5 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: black midi, DMX, and More

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and projects from black midi, DMX, Bachelor, Mustafa, and Portico Quartet. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
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