As the world continues to mourn DMX, Swizz Beatz reflected on his friend and collaborator, highlighting him as a 'prophet' and saying there will never be another.
Swizz Beatzs love for DMXgoes far beyond their rise with Ruff Ryders and evolving into household names. In Swizzs eyes, they were brothers. After Xs untimely passing on Friday (April 9) the man who produced one of Xs greatest songs, Ruff Ryders Anthem, took to Instagram to pay tribute to his fallen friend. My brother was a different type of brother a different type of artist, a different type of creative, different type of spirit, different type of zone, different type of soul, Swizz said. Since the day that I met him, he lived his life for everyone else You aint never seen DMX with a Lamborghini, you aint never seen my brother with a Rolls-Royce, you aint never seen him iced out with no jewelry. He did not care about any of that. He was the biggest He was the biggest because he prayed for everybody else more than himself. Hed get on the stage and pray for 15,000 people, knowing that he needed more prayers than anybody that he was praying for. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Swizz Beatz (@therealswizzz) Throughout the eight-minute video, the visibly shaken Swizz Beatz took time to lay out everything he loved about X, even the painful moments when he would be behind bars but actually be free. Last July, the two got to celebrate one another during a massive Verzuz event featuring DMX and Snoop Dogg My brother would take care of everybody before he would take care of himself, he said. I never seen a human like him. The closest Ive ever seen to a prophet. Know why he was suffering? Cause he took everyones pain and made it his. His humanitarian work should be celebrated. Together, X and Swizz helped build Ruff Ryders into one of the more formidable labels in Hip Hop during the late 90s. After the breakthrough of Ruff Ryders Anthem from Xs 1998 debut album Its Dark And Hell Is Hot, the two would deliver Xs biggest single, Party Up, from his third album, 1999s And Then There Was X. As X continued to fight his demons, Swizz was by his side and the two even teased a brand new album from Dark Man X earlier this year (which will likely still see the light of day). Read more