Swizz Beatz has returned with more details regarding DMX's forthcoming posthumous album Exodus.
late Ruff Ryders legend during the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 23). Speaking to Apple Musics Zane Lowe, DMXslongtime friend and producer revealed the Verzuz battle between X and Snoop Dogg was really the catalyst for Exodus. When he did Verzuz and went to the next level, because hes see the people still had love for him, Swizz Beatz said. A lot of artists, they dont really know how the people feel about them. People can see you in the street, but music wise and how is that appreciation. Yeah. You want to take a picture, but do you really mess with me? View this post on Instagram A post shared by DMX (@dmx) Swizz then explained once DMXsaw his music return to the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the Verzuz, he was even more motivated to put the project out. All his songs go to number one, he continued. He seen everything chart again. I showed him all of it. Then he was just pumped up. He was like the only thing I dont like about my Verzuz is I wasnt able to do something new. I want to give all of these people thats looking at me something new immediately. Thats when thats the album started. As previously reported, some of Exodus was completed at Snoop Doggs studio. We was locked in , he said. Shut down everything I had going on. I probably stepped away one or two times, but it was on at that point, and he was showing up. I had him coming in the studio earlier so we can get clear vocals, and we just got a schedule. The next phase of the album, as we finished, he was about to go into do a very extensive workout program. I had trainings ready for him, and he was ready to do it. He kept calling me like, yo, we going to go to phase two. Right? Im like, yeah. Hes like, yeah, Im ready to get this - stomach off me. Then, the unfortunate situation happened, and I was just like he was almost in that corner. During an album listening party via Zoom earlier this month, Swizz Beatz shared a similar sentiment and admitted DMXs death took him by surprise. He was just in a good vibe, he revealed to HipHopDX. He was just in a good energy. I cant lie. When he left us, I was pretty shocked because he was just ready to go to the next level. We started the album cycle and then we was going to start the physical fitness side of it. We was about to go to the gym. We was about to be on a different type of the schedule for the whole month and he was in a good space. All of a sudden, that news happened and it just changed all the plans.