DMX Speaks on Reuniting With Swizz Beatz [With Exclusive Video]

DMX is barking again. Despite a tumultuous couple of years, which found the Yonkers-bred rapper in and out of court and prison for a string of drug, theft and animal cruelty charges, the one-time Def Jam star seems more focused than he’s been in years.

Before jumping on stage at last night’s (September 23) VH1 Hip Hop Honors, to perform “Party Up (Up In Here),” XXLMag.com spoke to X about the Ruff Ryders reunion, getting back in the studio with longtime producer Swizz Beatz and his love for Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons.

As previously reported VH1 did a retrospective of Def Jam’s storied 25 years in the rap business during yesterday’s 6th annual Hip Hop Honors in Brooklyn. And X has nothing but good things to say about former label head Russell Simmons. “Russell’s a good brother,” he said. “[He] calls every once in a while to check on me [to] make sure I’m all right. I appreciate everything he’s done. Russ I love you baby.”

While the Dog didn’t offer too many details about his much anticipated reunion album with the Ruff Ryders, he says they have already been in the studio and recorded new tracks.

As far as getting back into the booth with Swizzy, X says it felt “like it always was.” When asked what he thinks of Swizz’s new sound, X responded, It’s supposed to [change], it’s still hot. He’s got some hot shit. You can’t have the same sound.” [Watch Below]

As of press time there is no release date on either the Ruff Ryders reunion disc or X’s new solo album. -Elan Mancini with reporting by Jesse Gissen

  • DUDE

    X IS THE MAN, HE WILL DO OK THIS TIME..

  • http://xxlmag.com donye’

    iz x hi cuz he got that bobbie brown look right or wrong?

    • NICK RITZER

      uh yeah hes definitely got that bobbie brown look lol..

      • the guy

        His new name is now DMX BROWN his mouth is twitching like vietnam vet

        • Ishutemdown

          I don’t get it. What is his mouth suppose to look like?

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  • DetroitDraper

    Swizz beats is one of the worst/overrated producers ever. Straight trash to me every beat sounds the same.

    MAYN HOL’UP J7M

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Swizz sucks.

      When I do listen to B3 I skip that song. His best work is w/RR.

      X stay off the crills dog. Good to see you back. You ate that food on the ‘Kiss RMX.

      Stay up.

  • money mitch

    ^^^^^ I agree the only beat i really like from him is hit the block from the ugk album and the busta rhymes joint

  • http://www.ftfdesigns.com Immanuel

    X performed???
    Thats good…seems he’s slowly ccoming out. This comeback talk may actually be reality.

  • eloco22

    need new ruff ryders album and X

  • Stoh

    Ive held a grudge against Swizz ever since he basically fucked up The Games 2nd album with his bullshit “Scream on em” song. It seriously tore the whole album in 2: Before the shitty song, and after it.

  • http://www.spolarized.com Peggy Spolar (Spolarized)

    Much lov to old school, bringin’ it back wit DMX, Swizz, and the Wu. Seems like their all makin’ moves. I remember the feeling when I walked out of my office on 38th every night, at 3:00AM, gazing at Wu Tang Bats flashing across a billboard on Broadway. Three cheers to old school Rappers back in the game. XXL mag has held it down wit keepin’ us all tuned in on what’s up… Personal, I started wit Rock-N-Roll and Bandstand. I moved onto rock and listened to some Metal. I enjoyed the years of disco. Rap however; taught me street sense which makes sense.

  • Hussle’s Way

    I hope you get it right this time X

  • gerte

    you still the man x
    keep it real

  • Calablur

    I hope that my nig get it right for real but he still look a lil jittery and I can’t help but to be skeptical because my dad be the same way when he on that or trying to get off that shit. Despite what happens he still got his place in history with over 20 million records sold

  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    Yo! Lookin’ good, X. Keep it up, homey!

  • http://myspace.com/moneylegacy money legacy

    i agree with detroit swizz is overated he knows what sounds to use tho! bring em out was crazy and that new jayz shit on to the next 1 is crrazzyyyy instrumental and yeah his beats be just almost up 2 par but then …..he come with some killer ass hits when put with the right artist!

  • Justice4All

    X won’t do nothing. Still ignorant.

  • Justice4All

    X won’t do nothing. Still ignorant!

  • http://www.myspace.com/idonthavearapname Mika

    man i love X ! i missed X …. please please get your shit together and drop something ! anything !

  • king

    um yep the mouth is twitching can somebody say ” don’t be cruel”

  • HollyHood

    How many comebacks will he make. He’s done, he had his time and made a lot of money. Crack is a powerful drug!!

  • sb

    i wish him all the best.may the lord continue to watch over him.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    yeah x was hot when he was on.his last couple efforts wasnt so good,but he was in the midst of legal problems and drug addiction at the time.if eminem can weather the storm of a powerful drug addiction that almost killed him and have a good comeback,x can do it too.good luck x i wish you the best.

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