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DMX Scoffs at Drake, Praises Machine Gun Kelly While Talking Up New Album

Rapper also touches on fraught relationship with his mother



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DMX had some choice words for Drake during a gripping interview with MTV RapFix yesterday. When host Sway asked for his thoughts on Drake producing a new posthumous album by Aaliyah, the Dog had a bone to pick. 

“You’ve been given the opportunity to do an Aaliyah album, yet you don’t include anyone that she worked with personally,” he said. “What part of the game is that? How do you do that? How do you disregard what this woman did? What this beautiful angel did? . . . How do you just go with it? Your balls ain’t that big.”

X, who appeared to promote his seventh studio album Undisputed alongside producer Dame Grease, was shaky but good-natured during the segment. He cracked jokes, shed tears and requested water several times. He again became emotional when asked about his relationship with his mother. 

“When we did [Couple’s Therapy], I hadn’t spoken to my mother for eight or nine years, but I was stuck on – I was looking or expecting an apology for what you did or some type of confirmation or recognition of what you did,” he explained of his previous meltdown during the VH1 series. “If she would’ve passed and not have me on good terms with her, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself.”

The rapper’s latest single, “I Don’t Dance,” features punk/rap firecracker Machine Gun Kelly, who X says is the only feature on the album. “I don’t remember how the exact meeting happened,” he said of the connection. “But we got in the studio together, and we did something rare in that we asked our crews, his crew and my crew, to excuse us. We chilled, talked, kicked it. Try to see what kind of song we’d make, whether we’d even make a song. Nowadays its so impersonal: ‘I’mma just send you the files with the beat and you hop on it.’ You only wanna work with someone ’cause they have a hot record. That’s wack.”

Undisputed is available in stores and online now, a portion of the first week’s proceeds will be donated to the survivors of 9/11 victims.

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