Rapper DMX is weighing in on “Young Money” rapper Nicki Minaj’s controversial lyrics about voting against Barack Obama for Mitt Romney, saying he isn’t a fan of her music, but he tolerates her. Along with his thoughts on the 2012 election, rapper Chef Keef, and his fav track.
First of all, this album has gone through like three different names, and different songs as well. It’s a whole new album. Just wanting to get it out there and seeing a need for it, that was the most frustrating part…every time I go outside people are like “Yo, dog when are you dropping something?” It’s been frustrating. It feels good the date is finally here. I just can’t wait to see what it do.
On his decision to stick with Undisputed after making changes to his album?
That’s how I feel I am, in terms of what I do, and when I drop an album. It’s new challenges, and it’s a reminder I’m still the champ.
On his personal favorite track on the album?
It depends on how I’m feeling. If I want to work out or beat somebody up, a catchy joint like “Frankenstein” or “Fire,” but if I’m just taking a ride, thinking about life, it’s “Cold World” or “Keep Your Head To The Sky.” Like I said, it all depends on what mood I’m in or what I’m doing.
On working with rap newcomer Machine Gun Kelly. How was it meeting with him, and is it weird to meet artists who are self-proclaimed stans of you?
Not really. A lot of artists that I’ve met, let me know they’re huge fans of mine. He’s a good dude. I love his energy. One of the things I respect about him is that when we first met, it was like let’s just chill and vibe for a minute. We kicked it right at the studio. We just sat there, and vibed for like two hours before we talked about doing a song – even though the purpose of the meeting was to do the song. I think that’s really important. I think that’s something that’s being left out of the industry – relationships between artists, in general. When I was doing songs with people, we’d be in the studio together. Nowadays the standard is, send an individual a track, you lay your vocals and send it back. It’s weird. I have a lot of respect for him [MGK]. I love his energy.
Little evil boy! I don’t really listen to her. I tolerate it, if it happens to come on the radio or if her music is in somebody’s car playing, but when she’s like “Waikikiiiiiiiiiiiii,” I’m like “there’s no f*cking way I’m ever going to listen to this b*tch again under no circumstances.” That was disrespectful. She stole two bars with one word. If that’s not cheating, I don’t know what is. [Laughs]
On the 2012 presidential election this year, if you were able to vote, would you vote?
Hell yeah, I would be voting!
His take on rappers like Kendrick Lamar who don’t believe in voting?
Obama n*gga, Obama n*gga! There are no scandals that came up like the other presidents. If he is smoking weed and f*cking b*tches on the side, he got his sh*t on lock.
On his hit song “What These B*tches Want.” And what do they really want!
They want you to f*ck them well, spend some time with them, and lie when you can get away with it. It might sound like some bullsh*t, but b*tches really want you to lie to them, as long as you can get away with the lie. They say they want the truth, but when they hear the truth, they like, “Oh My God! I wish I didn’t know.” So let me do what’s best for the situation and lie.
On his perspective on the state of New York hip-hop right now?
I like to listen to old-school R&B, my music, Scarface….no offense to radio, but I don’t really f*ck with them like that. I know 9 out of 10 times, they’re getting paid to play material. I’m not really feeling it like that. I’m glad that young black people are successful with the music. I’m not a hater.
When asked if knows rapper Chief Keef, the teenage rapper out of Chicago?
On his music being violent, and what’s his perspective on the violence in hip-hop.
There shouldn’t be any violence in hip-hop. You’re getting free clothes. Basically, it’s free money. You’re getting lots of p*ssy. What’s the violence for? Just rap! Get your money, and live your life. Raise your kid. Why are you worried about what another man says? It’s not that serious. If you have beef like that, you shouldn’t be rapping anyway.
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