By Rob Markman
To hip-hop faithful, Wednesday’s “RapFix Live” may have sounded like the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mad Rapper” skit, but there is a reason for X’s angst. After the Yonkers, New York rap icon went on about a new crop of what he feels are incapable rappers, he immediately offered up Drizzy’s name without any prompting.
“Drake,” DMX blurted out while “RapFix” host Sway Calloway was still mid-sentence. “He has talent, but it’s kinda redundant, it’s kinda the same all the time to me personally. It’s an annoying sound,” he said. X compared the Take Care MC’s sound to a washing machine and mocked him while making a grating noise.
The Dog went on to explain that his issues with Drake extend far past the music. “I’m kinda feelin’ some kinda a way about the fact that you been commissioned, that you been blessed, you’ve been given the opportunity to do the Aaliyah album yet you don’t include anybody that she worked with personally,” X said of his fallen friend, past musical collaborator and “Romeo Must Die” co-star.
“I’ma tell you why I’m mad, son,” DMX said in a reference to Biggie’s classic “Made Rapper” skit on his 1997 Life After Death double LP.
Talks of a new posthumous Aaliyah album have had critics and diehard fans up in arms, mostly due to the fact that Drake was believed to be overseeing the project. Many feel that any rehashing of the siren’s old material should be handled by the musicians who knew her best, most notably Timbaland and Missy Elliott. As of now, it is unclear whether Aaliyah’s two friends will be involved, a representative for Blackground Records (Aaliyah’s label) has said that both Tim and Missy would be involved, but Elliott’s manager Mona Scott-Young said there were no plans for her artist to participate at this time.
Drake’s role in the project is also unclear. He did appear on the album’s first single, “Enough Said,” which DMX thinks is a slap in the face. “How do you disregard what this woman did? What this beautiful angel did and say, ‘Oh OK, I’m gonna take it for myself because I’m hot right now and I’m feelin’ myself,’” he asked rhetorically. “How do you just go there with it? Your balls ain’t that big, son.”
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