Swizz Beatz Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

DMX f/ Marilyn Manson “The Omen” (1998)

Album: Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood

Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

Swizz Beatz: “A lot of people didn’t know I was into the rock market. I was producing with Marilyn Manson and Limp Bizkit back then. I never publicized it because I was with the Ruff Ryders, a pro-hip-hop movement. I didn’t feel like it was cool for me to be like, ‘Yeah, Swizz Beatz and Marilyn Manson,’ but I thought that him and X would sound dope on a song like ‘The Omen.’

 
DMX figured that having rock fans wasn’t bad. He was open-minded to that because he recognized the diversity in his audience.
 

“I was building a relationship with Marilyn Manson after I had just finished working on his album. So I used that to go over to X’s side. I knew it was crossing over but I felt that X had that rock potential. They had accepted him in that world from the shows we were doing.

“At that time, DMX figured having rock fans wasn’t bad. He was open-minded to that because he recognized the diversity in his audience. It was like, ‘Wow. It’s not only the hood in here, but everybody’s in here.’

“I didn’t want to make the beat a street anthem, a club anthem, a story, or anything in particular. I wanted to leave it open so that Marilyn Manson had his space and so that X had his space. I left the negative space in there so that you could feel Marilyn Manson and X having their little crazy ass moment.”

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