DMX’s final album is here
DMX may not be with us but The Grand Champ will always live on through his music. Swizz Beatz and Ruff Ryders have finally released X’s final album, Exodus via Def Jam Recordings.
X truly comes to life on the 13-track album executively produced by Swizz Beatz. His final body of work features a handful of rare collaborations, including the Jay-Z and Nas-assisted “Bath Salts” and “Hood Blues” with Griselda’s Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and Benny Butcher. The late lyricist also collaborated with Lil Wayne, The LOX, Moneybagg Yo, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Bono, Usher, and more.
Exodus may have arrived after he passed away, but DMX completed the album prior to his death. Swizz Beatz recently told GQ that X wrapped up his eighth LP well before he passed away from a drug overdose back in April. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, has been recording for the album since last summer after his Verzuz battle with Snoop Dogg. He felt inspired after receiving so much admiration and respect during the event even from his “opponent” Snoop. From that point on, X was recording fresh music and getting in shape so that he could take the album on the road for a tour. The New York native’s latest collection of songs is full of features for the first time ever, yet Swizz guarantees that the overall sound and authenticity of the album won’t be compromised.
“We wanted people to know that they were in for a hell of a ride out the gate, starting with a classic DMX, Lox, Ruff Riders, Swizz Beatz track,” Swizz says about the intro “That’s My Dog.” “Set the tone, no intro, no nothing. Just as soon as you press play, it gets right to it and those tracks people knew us for.”
Listen to DMX’s Exodus album below.
1. “That’s My Dog” featuring The LOX & Swizz Beatz
2. “Bath Salts” featuring JAY-Z & Nas
3. “Dog’s Out” featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz
4. “Money Money Money” featuring Moneybagg Yo
5. “Hold Me Down” featuring Alicia Keys
6. “Skyscrapers” featuring Bono
7. Stick Up Skit featuring The Cross, Icepick & Infared
8. “Hood Blues” featuring Benny The Butcher, Conway the Machine & Westside Gunn
9. “Walking in the Rain” featuring dEnAun, Exodus Simmons & Nas
10. “Take Control” featuring Marvin Gaye & Snoop Dogg
11. Exodus Skit
12. “Letter To My Son (Call Your Father)” featuring Brian King Joseph & Usher
13. “Prayer” (Exodus)