first time I heard Yonkers, New York wordsmith, DMX was on his debut
Def Jam single, “Get At Me Dog.” I automatically realized
that I was listening to a star in the making. Then I saw the accompanying
video and I was amazed by the energy that could be generated by
one person. Everyone in the video seemed to be feeding off the intensity
let off by the dark man. From that point, I promised myself that
I would follow X’s career as long as he held a mic.
recently caught up with the Yonkers native at the Hue-man bookstore
located on 125th Street and 8th Avenue in Harlem, New York. Being a
journalist, I wanted to get the first shot of the MC as soon as possible.
So along with fans lining the block I waited both patiently and eagerly
in somewhat chilly November weather. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
No sooner than I asked where he was did “Mr. X” pull his
black SUV up to the curb. Upon stepping out of the vehicle X was greeted
by members of his entourage that included security, friends, his wife
(Boo Boo, as she is called by “X”) and son. As he made his
way to the store, I said, “Wassup X” and in humble fashion,
he replied, “What’s good baby” as we exchanged the
hood infamous pound.
introducing ourselves we were led into the room with his personal security
towards the back exit area where we were granted a seven-minute interview.
I started off by asking him what made him choose rap as a career his answer
was with and to the point: “I didn’t make it a career.”
However, it was made clear to us that Scarface and Nasir Jones aka Nas Escobar are the two artists he feels are doing something positive for rap. Towards the end, I thought it be in my best interest to ask him to explain how he felt rappers as a whole could use his modest attitude as a blueprint towards making positive things happen in hip-hop as far as stopping the lyrical beefs and attempt to bring more positive energy and publicity to the game of rap. He simply replied, “they should, nah mean, but their heads too big. So I just try to do me.” The answers that I found the most interesting were when Kelechi asked how has his belief in god influenced his music and when I asked what he was going to do after his final LP dropped. To which he replied, “I’m going to focus on my label, I’m doing another book and I’m also going to be doing some more moves. My belief in God has made me focus on not being so quick to say F%@k you or brag about how quick I can finish a ni@@a on the mic. “ By the end of the interview while many of my questions answered I was still left wondering if “X” was releasing his last album or if despite his overwhelming success would he pull a page out of Big Daddy Kane’s book and return to rock the mic a little longer.
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