JAY-Z Says He Boycotted the Grammys for DMX

Written by on May 29, 2021

JAY-Z is reflecting on his relationship with DMX.

The Roc Nation mogul was a visitor on the season premiere of HBO’s “The Store: Uninterrupted” with LeBron James and Maverick Carter, throughout which he opened up about X for the primary time since his passing on April 9.

JAY-Z recalled their friendship and rivalry together with the time he boycotted the Grammys in 1999 after DMX was shut out of the nominations.

“The primary time I boycotted the Grammys was for him,” he stated. “We each got here out that yr. He didn’t get nominated. He dropped two No. 1 albums in the identical yr and so they didn’t even nominate him.”

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JAY-Z received his first Grammy that yr for Greatest Rap Album for Vol. 2… Arduous Knock Life, however he didn’t present as much as the awards in solidarity with X. “I wasn’t even within the constructing as a result of I boycotted it for him,” he revealed. “There was a aggressive factor, however it was large love.”

Added JAY, “He was so aggressive with me. I by no means met a human being extra aggressive with me, ever, not even my large brother.”

The 2 first met whereas battling within the Bronx. JAY recalled one time when DMX referred to as him out at a present following considered one of their rap battles. “He bought on stage: ‘JAY-Z, the place you at!?’ I used to be like, ‘This man is nuts!’ He was simply all ardour.”

He additionally credited X for making him a greater performer. “My fondest reminiscence of DMX was he improved my stage present,” stated JAY, who witnessed X’s highly effective presence once they toured collectively on 1999’s “Arduous Knock Life Tour.”

Earlier than his demise, JAY-Z recorded one closing collaboration along with his good friend. He might be heard alongside Nas on “Tub Salts” off DMX’s posthumous album Exodus.

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