DMX made a rare appearance on live TV appearance on “106 & Park” on Tuesday afternoon (October 11), alongside longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz, both of whom spoke about their reunion, as well as premiering the rapper’s music video for “Last Hope.”
It’s been a minute since X has really returned to music — his last album being Year of the Dog… Again in 2006. After that last album, the rapper went through his well-documented problems with drugs and legal troubles, which landed him in and out of jail several times.
But, he’s finally back. The first question he was asked at “106 & Park” was if he regretted anything that’s happen over this long hip-hop career. Surprisingly, he says he’s not looking back.
“I wouldn’t change one thing,” DMX told hosts, Rocsi and Terrence. “That made me the man I am today and I love the way I am.”
As far as how music has changed since he was actually “in” the game, and today’s crop of new stars, he responded, “I really don’t think about other rappers, no disrespect. I’d rather focus on what I am seeing, the message I need to get across.”
After speaking about his return for a little bit, X debuted “Last Hope,” which he says will fill in the world on where he’s been.
“This was kinda of a fill-in-the-gap type of joint,” he explained. “You don’t wanna just come back and be like ‘Alright, let’s party, have a good time, listen to my rhymes…’ Let me left you know what’s been going on. Let me fill in the blanks, bring you up to speed. Then, carry it from there on.”
On the track, X spits over a beat which was previously used by Drake. He admitted he didn’t know who’s song it was, but when he heard it, he had to get on it.
He is now back in the lab with Swizz crafting new material. “Expect the unexpected. Expect the new improved,” announced Swizzy. “Expect hip-hop. Expect real music. Expect the dog to be back.”
In addition to the “106 & Park” appearance, X also surprised fans when he performed at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards in the ATL. Joined by Swizz Beatz, the rapper performed “Get at Me Dog,” “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” and “Party Up (Up in Here).” Watch the performance at BET.com.