Veteran Harlem producer Dame Grease announced this week that he's signed on to executive produce the long awaited new LP from DMX.
Grease has a long history with the Yonkers-bred rap star. When X made his mark in 1997, it was Grease who helped craft the rapper's aggressive sound.
Before that, however, the producer then followed by working with the likes of The Lox and Mase during the mid-1990s Bad Boy Records era. Then, it led to Grease working as the lead producer on DMX's classic debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot.
They've worked together ever since -- including the score for the Steven Segal/DMX blockbuster "Exit Wounds"; on the soundtrack for X's top-ten hit "Ain’t No Sunshine"; a composer in on the 2003 box-office hit "Cradle 2 the Grave," starring Jet Li, DMX, Gabrielle Union, and Anthony Anderson; and X's 2004 film, "Never Die Alone."
Following a battle with drug addiction, DMX is ready to return to music. And, he enlisted Grease to help him craft another classic.
"[DMX] came home two days ago, we're working on a brand new album with [him] right now," Grease told HipHopDX over the summer. "We was in the studio last night, we back in the studio tonight. We're working on a brand new album, good energy, the songs is phenomenal. It's actually a good dose of what we need in hip-hop right now."
Since revealing that news, the new DMX album "has been completed", a rep from Grease's camp said.
However, at press time, further details were unknown. Stay tuned...