This Is Why DMX Hated Jay Z

Irv Gotti spills the beans.

Thanks to the art of battle rap, Jay Z and DMX weren't friends early in their careers.

Irv Gotti revealed in an interview that Hov and X competed against each other back before they became household names. “They always had friction because they battled and X, like, hated him,” Gotti told Complex. “Jay didn’t really give a f**k but they was always on some competitive s**t. That’s just the truth.”


Gotti shared a bunch of stories from the early days of Murder Inc. He says Jay passed on signing X because he thought the Yonkers rapper’s music was too sad.

Needless to say, he was pretty surprised when X blew up, Gotti said. “He looked and seen what I did with X and was like, ‘Holy s**t. That s**t worked.’”

From what we know, X and Hov don’t have any present-day friction, and both did well for themselves at one point or another. Despite his current money issues, X remains one of the highest-selling rappers in history. 

As for mega mogul Hov, his long list of accolades includes being half of a billion dollar couple. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Watch: Music News Exclusive Rewind! DMX Rocks Crowd at S.O.B.s in the video below.

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