Legendary Ruff Ryders powerhouse DMX just ended his one-year prison stint for tax evasion and is back to make sure that today’s budding rap stars don’t follow in the error of his ways. The hip-hop legend sat with notable radio host Big Boy to discuss the negative and positive sides of the music industry. It’s no secret that X has struggled with substance abuse for most of his career, but has never glorified its usage in his music.
The “Lord Give Me a Sign” emcee stated it isn't just up to him, "it's whoever can. Not just myself, but whoever has the ability, the insight to see it and the talent to, you know, do the right thing."
Aside from the "saturation" within hip-hop, X is annoyed with the perpetual promotion of drug use. "If that's what you wanna do, then that's your business, but you ain't gotta promote it like it's cool, making it cool."
Big Boy asked X if there were times when things got so dark, he felt he wouldn't see the light. For the New York rapper, the answer was simple. "That's when God shows up more [...] My faith has always taught me that. I wasn't able to imagine a way out, but I knew there was a way out." X also feels God blessed him tremendously to prove that materialistic things don't equate happiness.
"I begged God for fame when I wanted to be heard," he boldly stated.
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