An album cover with the title Redemption of the Beast surfaced online recently, complete with artwork that looks like a movie poster for some type of Roots/Gladiator crossover flick and a track listing featuring songs like "It's Goin' Down." However, both X and Swizzy deny it's theirs.
"When I read him the projected track list of songs to be released, X said, 'That's all stolen music'," X's publicist, Domenick Nati, revealed in a statement to BET.com. "DMX and myself are highly disappointed that trust was broken and that these songs may be released and sold without X's knowledge or consent. DMX and Swizz Beatz are working on an album together and fans should look to their official social media accounts for accurate information."
Swizz backed up that sentiment with a few posts to his Instagram. "I see a lot of people hitting me about this album!!!" he wrote. "I can tell you 100% this is not the album X and I are working on!!!! (I feel like Timbo with the Aaliyah movie rite now) SMH !!!!!! #DontdisrespecttheDog We Got Fire coming."
For emphasis, he then added, "When the DOG come back you will know 100% !!!!!! Stop the B.S fake albums!!!!!!!!"
Earlier this week, news circulated that X's new album would release this month with a vocal feature from Freeway and distribution via indie label Seven Arts, which was behind his last LP, 2012's Undisputed. It's unclear now if he will even use the projected title.
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