M80 tells HipHopDX the song was never authorized by the estate and, in fact, contains a scraped verse from 2014's 'Redemption of the Beast.'
cocaine-induced heart attack. The news rocked the Hip Hop community and added to the string of devastating losses experienced that year. As the reality of his death sank in, longtime friend and producer Swizz Beatz knew he had a job to do finish his album. So last May, the first posthumous project, Exodus, arrived and proved to be bittersweet. As HipHopDX said at the time, it was unequivocal proof DMX had more to offer and now, would never get the chance. Over a year after his death, people are still hoping for more unearthed DMXmaterial. On Saturday (June 25), fans were presented with what was supposedly a new posthumous single Know What I Am, an exciting prospect for anyone who loved DMX. But according to veteran A&R Admin Matthew M80 Markoff, who worked closely with DMXprior to his death, the song was never authorized by the DMX estate. XRay Records took vocals that were never intended to be released from the The Redemption of the Beast sessions circa 2014, repurposed the production to some ridiculous shit rock soundscape, he explains to HipHopDX. The owner of the label Brian Perrera even had the nerve to give himself a writers credit on this feeble attempt to sway loyal DMX fans who would kill to have and hear some authorized quality posthumous DMX music at their disposal. But no they get trash wrapped inside shit topped with a nice fuck you bow on top so these assholes can make a few dollars while the family and estate of DMX see no fruitful gain. These are the same people (Cleopatra / XRay Records) who pushed a fake DMX track with Bootsy Collins and fake ass DMX Greatest Hits album to confuse fans from the real greatest hits released by Universal Music Group after X had unfortunately passed. It all makes me sick to my stomach. Read more