JAY-Z ponders his relationship with DMX.
The Roc Nation mogul attended the season premiere of HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” starring LeBron James and Maverick Carter.
JAY-Z recalled their friendship and rivalry, including when he boycotted the 1999 Grammys after DMX was banned from nominations.
“The first time I boycotted the Grammys was for him,” he said. “We both got out this year. He was not nominated. He dropped two # 1 albums in the same year and they didn’t even nominate him. “
JAY-Z won his first Grammy for Best Rap Album for that year vol. 2 … Knock Life Hard, but he didn’t show up at the awards out of solidarity with X. “I wasn’t even in the building because I boycotted it for him,” he revealed. “It was a competitive thing, but it was a great love.”
JAY added, “He was so competitive with me. I’ve never met someone who was more competitive with me, not even my big brother. “
The two first met in battle in the Bronx. JAY remembered when DMX once called him to a show after one of their rap battles. “He came on stage: ‘JAY-Z, where are you !?’ I thought, ‘This guy’s crazy!’ He was just passion. “
He also credits X for making him a better performer. “My fondest memory of DMX was that it improved my stage show,” said JAY, who witnessed the powerful presence of X when they toured together on the 1999 “Hard Knock Life Tour”.
Before his death, JAY-Z started one last collaboration with his friend. He can be heard alongside Nas on “Bath Salts” from DMX’s posthumous album Exodus.