With DMX now free after completing his tax-related sentence, the future is bright with the surely imminent arrival of new music. In the meantime, we bide time with interviews like the one X gave Big Boy Tuesday. Asked if he felt rap was being misrepresented among the current generation of creators, X agreed with the Real 92.3 host that it was. “Yeah, I think so,” he said, adding that he feels it’s a shared responsibility in terms of correcting what he and Big Boy feel is a misrepresentation. 

“Whoever can, not just myself,” he said. “But whoever has the ability to, first, the insight to see it and the talent and the ability to, you know, do the right thing. It’s all of our responsibility.” When Big Boy brought up what is, in his opinion, the current “saturation” of a specific type of rap artist, X again agreed. He also criticized the lyrical content.

“They’re all promoting drug use,” he said. “If that’s what you wanna do, that’s your business, but you ain’t gotta promote it like it’s cool and make it cool.” Elsewhere in the interview, DMX discussed his thoughts on a higher power and his recent release from prison. For now, enjoy clips from the Big Boy chat above and below. The full interview should land on YouTube shortly.

In addition to new music, some of which X is believed to have worked on while in prison, there have been whisperings of possible film-related offers in the pipeline. According to an April 2018 report from The Blast, X’s lawyer Murray Richman said his client had received offers for book deals and, potentially, a biopic.