When news broke last month that rap titan DMX had died, it triggered agonizing shockwaves through the hip-hop community. He left behind more than memories and on Friday (28th May) midnight, Def Jam Recordings shared the posthumous DMX album “Exodus”.
“All of the songs was finished. This album was done while he was living,” longtime friend, collaborator and executive producer of the Exodus album Swizz Beatz told Apple Music.
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The album follows the recent single release “Hood Blues” which featured Griselda’s Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher and Conway The Machine. DMX’s new album also features assists from Jay-Z, Nas, Bono, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo, The Lox, Usher, among others.
Prior to his death, DMX was in the process of staging a major comeback. Starting with a 20th anniversary tour of his classic debut album ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot’, he also re-signed with Def Jam Recordings, the iconic rap label with which he enjoyed his greatest success. With the new deal came news he was working on a new album, the proper follow-up to 2012’s ‘Undisputed’. X spoke about the album and its progress in a number of interviews before his passing, but unfortunately he never got to release it.
Stream “Exodus” by DMX below.