DMX Wants to Go Against JAY-Z in Verzuz Hit Battle

JAY-Z and DMX have a storied history.

Rapper DMX arrived at United States Court House

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Rapper DMX arrived at United States Court House

DMX is going after the top dog. 

X made a virtual appearance on the Drink Champs Podcast. During the conversation, N.O.R.E. asked him who he would like to line up across from him in a Verzuz hit battle.

#DrinkChamps We got the dog @DMX on this new #Quarantine episode of @DrinkChamps! We asked who he would battle on #Verzuz @VerzuzTV & he didn’t hesitate 🤯 ALL NEW episode on @TIDAL NOW! 🥃🏆 @Noreaga @DJEFN 🎥 @iRossta

— Drink Champs (@Drinkchamps) May 6, 2020

"Jay," X said without hesitation. The readiness of his answer forced N.O. and DJ EFN to clarify that he meant JAY-Z

"Yeah! Who you think, nigga?" X continued. 

DMX and JAY-Z are two of the most potent rappers to ever grace the microphone. They also have a storied history. Prior to their fame, Jigga and X met up in the Bronx to have a battle. Although there's footage of this battle—which was shot by Big L—only Jigga's verses were filmed.

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This has led to various members of each side declaring either Jigga or X the winner. 

After this friendly battle, DMX and JAY-Z went on to become two of Def Jam's premier artists. They even formed a supergroup with Ja Rule called Murder, Inc. But eventually, the bureaucracy of the music business caused a rift between X and JAY-Z. X sent several shots at JAY-Z because he felt like Hov didn't do enough as the president of Def Jam to help the artists. In 2016, cooler heads prevailed and DMX and JAY-Z settled their differences

Given this history, DMX thinks that this hit battle would be a defining match up in their series against each other. 

"There you go," X said. "That would be battle no. 3." 

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