Swizz Beatz has remembered the selfless acts of his long-term friend and musical collaborator DMX in a recent interview for The Guardian.
The super producer responsible for producing iconic tracks such as ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem’ wants the world to recognise the rapper’s true nature.
He said: “I know there’s a lot of negative stories, but DMX was a humanitarian. He was a hero for the people.
“He would give clothes off his back to homeless people and walk home in his boxers. He would pull over the car and talk to a homeless person, or a mother that looked like she needed help with something.
“He was doing this every day. It wasn’t for press or social media. The way you’d find out what DMX was doing was through other people posting it, never him.
“He never posted any of these good deeds at all or talked about them. I feel like that’s what people should know: DMX was a giver.”
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He was the first artist to have five albums in a row debut at number 1 in the US.
Beatz is the custodian of DMX’s legacy as the producer of last month’s album ‘Exodus’.
In the interview he also said that he doesn’t want ‘Exodus’ to be called a ‘posthumous’ album as it was completed before DMX’s death.
Despite never being feature-heavy in his previous albums, DMX’s ‘Exodus’ sees features from Jay-Z, Nas, Alicia Keys and Bono.
Beatz explained that DMX decided to “embrace his peers” by collaborating with artists who had “love for him.”
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He added: “For me and him to go back in the studio like this, we had to go big. He deserved it to be big, and he accepted it to be big.
“That’s the thing: you can have a big plan for someone but if they don’t have that plan for themselves, it’s just you having a plan. The key with this is that he was ready.”
[Via: The Guardian]
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