Thanks to the art of battle rap, Jay Z and DMX weren't friends early in their careers.
Irv Gotti revealed in an interview that Hov and X competed against each other back before they became household names.
Gotti told Complex:
“They always had friction because they battled and X, like, hated him . Jay didn’t really give a fuck but they was always on some competitive shit. That’s just the truth.”
Gotti shared a bunch of stories from the early days of Murder Inc. He says Jay passed on signing X because he thought the Yonkers rapper’s music was too sad.
Needless to say, he was pretty surprised when X blew up, Gotti said:
“He looked and seen what I did with X and was like, ‘Holy shit. That shit worked.’”
From what we know, X and Hov don’t have any present-day friction, and both did well for themselves at one point or another. Despite his current money issues, X remains one of the highest-selling rappers in history.
As for mega mogul Hov, his long list of accolades includes being half of a billion dollar couple.
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