By Onyinye Ugwu
Ruff Ryders legend, DMX, was a guest at Big Boy’s radio show in Los Angeles, four days after he was released from Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution and he had a lot to say about the current state of the hip hop genre and how he has been able to deal with the challenges he’s faced in recent years.
During the conversation, The ‘Here We Go Again’ singer bared his thoughts on the current state of Hip Hop while agreeing with Big Boy that it’s up to him and other OGs of the culture to represent the genre correctly.
“Hip Hop is a lifestyle. I think [it’s being misrepresented],” X said. “Whoever can [represent it correctly], not just myself but whoever first has the insight to see it and the talent and the ability to do the right thing, then it’s all of our responsibility.”
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Big Boy then suggested mainstream rap all sounds the same, which the quickly added his thoughts saying, “They all promoting drug use. If that’s what you wanna do, that’s your business. But you ain’t gotta promote it like it’s cool, make it cool. Now you have kids walkin’ around like, ‘Oh I’m poppin’ Molly.’”
X used the opportunity to touch on his addiction to cocaine, which plagued him for years. Although he said he no longer indulges in the highly addictive narcotic, he admitted he still drinks alcohol often.
“I don’t do anything,” he said. “I’ll have a drink here and there. That was never a problem. That’s about it. Cocaine [was the problem]. I think we kinda knew that was the problem. Anybody in here that didn’t know? Of course it was problem. I got in trouble and all that shit. It’s not worth it. I spent too much time doing things. It’s just not worth it.”
DMX also spoke of how he’s been able to come out strong when he faced hard times, attributing all to his faith in God.
“That’s when God shows up more, when I can’t figure a way out,” he said. “When I can’t see a way out. My faith has always told me that. I wasn’t able to imagine my way out, but I knew there was a way out. I knew God had it. I wasn’t so much testing it, it’s just that he allowed me to get all those things and show me they weren’t going to make me happy. I begged God for fame when I just wanted to be heard.”
X was released from prison after serving one year for tax evasion and will be under supervision for the next three years. He must also pay $2.3 million in restitution to the IRS.
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