DMX Bites Right Through The Flesh In New Single “Blood Red” (Audio)
During this morning’s (June 28) Breakfast Club interview, DMX left Charlamagne Tha God and company with a premiere listen on single “Blood Red.” Right on time, the Divine Beats-produced song hits the web just a few hours later.
With its vicious title, the song is X’s latest jagged bite into a cross-section of contemporary Hip-Hop. Just as he did in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Yonkers, New York MC calls out the softies with microphones, and reminding all that he pours his life into his angsty lyrics. The beat is up-tempo, and X finds the pocket. The chorus is simple, with the raspy-voiced vet shouting from a distance the war-cry. For much of his career, X has used blood as a leading image in his dark, often ominous songwriting.
For fans of pressure-cooker DMX, this record joins the Styles P-assisted “Still Scratchin'” from earlier this month as a wake-up call that the Ruff Ryders’ biggest breakthrough is still a bull in the china shop, when it comes to mic-wrecking.
During The Breakfast Club conversation, DMX spoke for more than an hour with Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy about a host of topics. At times drinking cognac straight from the bottle, the Yonkers, New York lyricist got emotional in speaking about his faith, his children, and his storied battle with addiction. In 2016, DMX’s career has evolved from five consecutive #1 major label albums to a fully independent state.
DMX confirmed a new direction in his music. “Seven years ago, I’m getting high and writing in the studio—and all I’m doin’ is writing Gospel songs. I wrote and recorded seven songs in one fuckin’ night! It was a battle.” The rapper elaborated that he regularly feels the tug-of-war between God and the Devil, a theme he has used throughout his career. Here, X returned to touching about his struggles with addiction. “I knew I had a problem […] My life is revitalized through my music,” he said of finding his greatest success during periods of drug use. “Now, I choose to look for the good in any situation.” After spitting some Godly bars, the onetime star stated that his faith is his lifeblood. “Without that, I don’t know how much longer I’ma make it.”
The title and release date surrounding DMX’s first album in more than four years is unclear.