Swizz Beatz: “X used to always say, ‘My niggas.’ One day he was just humming and mumbling it in the studio. I had this weird beat for it. I remember it was only supposed to be a skit. He ended up going on longer than the skit and it became a song.
“I put that song in the movie when I got to score Any Given Sunday. I remember them wanting that in the film and I was like, ‘Damn, they want ‘My Niggas’ in the movie? Wow.’ Oliver Stone was like, ‘I’m keeping that in. That’s fucking cool, I’m keeping it in there.’ I worked on the movie with him directly. That was my first mentor as far as me scoring films.
I remember Oliver Stone flying me out. I remember saying I’m never going back to doing regular music because they treated me so good: Private jets, clothes budget, food budget, the best hotels.
“Oliver Stone reached out to me, just like how Marilyn Manson reached out to me. Most of my relationships start from people reaching out to me. You never know who’s watching.
“Oliver Stone was a fan of DMX but he was also a fan of what I was doing outside of DMX because I was able to have such a diverse catalog at that time even though I was young.
“I remember them flying me out. I remember saying I’m never going back to doing regular music because they treated me so good: Private jets, clothes budget, food budget, the best hotels. I was running around with Oliver Stone in L.A. having fun.
“Oliver Stone is a rock star. He was always super cool. I haven’t seen him in years but we kicked ass. Soon as I landed, I’m in the office with Oliver Stone, chilling. We right there on the beach in L.A. and it’s like, ‘Wow, this is your office?’ I had never seen nothing like that.”