X gon give it to ya!

 

The Undisputed rapper has experienced the good and conquered the bad, but over the past decade DMX still hasn’t let his trials and tribulations hold him down.

It’s been six years since DMX released an album, but the “How’s It Going Down” rapper is back and better than ever!

GlobalGrind caught up with the It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot rapper on the eve of his seventh studio album release, Undisputed.

GlobalGrind had a long discussion with DMX about everything from politics to Nicki Minaj’s alter-egos, Nas ghostwriting rumors, violence in hip-hop, and of course, his new album.

 

Check out our exclusive interview below and stay tuned for part 2 and part 3 of our DMX interview still to come this week!

GlobalGrind: Can you tell me about the journey of recording this album, and deciding what you wanted to put on the album, and what you were going to leave off?

DMX: First of all, this album has gone through like three different names, and different songs as well. It’s a whole new album. Just wanting to get it out there and seeing a need for it, that was the most frustrating part…every time I go outside people are like “Yo, dog when are you dropping something?” It’s been frustrating. It feels good the date is finally here. I just can’t wait to see what it do.

I know you said your album went through a few name changes. What made you stick with Undisputed?

That’s how I feel I am, in terms of what I do, and when I drop an album. It’s new challenges, and it’s a reminder I’m still the champ.

What’s your personal favorite track on the album?

It depends on how I’m feeling. If I want to work out or beat somebody up, a catchy joint like “Frankenstein” or “Fire,” but if I’m just taking a ride, thinking about life, it’s “Cold World” or “Keep Your Head To The Sky.” Like I said, it all depends on what mood I’m in or what I’m doing.

You got a chance to work with rap newcomer Machine Gun Kelly. He’s a huge fan of yours. How was it meeting with him, and is it weird to meet artists who are self-proclaimed stans of you?

Not really. A lot of artists that I’ve met, let me know they’re huge fans of mine. He’s a good dude. I love his energy. One of the things I respect about him is that when we first met, it was like let’s just chill and vibe for a minute. We kicked it right at the studio. We just sat there, and vibed for like two hours before we talked about doing a song – even though the purpose of the meeting was to do the song. I think that’s really important. I think that’s something that’s being left out of the industry – relationships between artists, in general. When I was doing songs with people, we’d be in the studio together. Nowadays the standard is, send an individual a track, you lay your vocals and send it back. It’s weird. I have a lot of respect for him [MGK]. I love his energy.

Recently, Nicki Minaj rapped that she was endorsing Mitt Romney, and President Obama responded by saying, “I don’t know if that was Nicki Minaj, it may have been one of her alter egos.” Many people don’t know you’re one of the first rappers to create an alter ego.

Yeah, a few of them. There are more than a few floating around up in there.