Longtime collaborators and Ruff Ryders associates Swizz Beatz and DMX recently appeared on BET’s 106 & Park. The two spoke about a variety of issues, including X’s journey, their closeness and they also premiered X’s new video for “Last Hope.”

“I’m like a proud brother,” Swizz said of X’s return to Hip Hop. “This is my brother for life. Ups, downs, we’ve been around, doing our thing for like 20 years. I’m here for support. This is my brother for life, no matter what.”

DMX was also asked to comment on Hip Hop’s current state and if he would change with the times.

“Different,” he said of how he views the game, before saying he isn’t changing. “I’m gonna do what I do. I got a fan base. I love my fans. They love me. I’ve got a pretty good understanding of what I’m here for.” 

He was also asked what he thinks of today’s most prominent Rap stars, specifically Drake and Lil Wayne, among others. 

“I’m just going to be honest. I really don’t think about other rappers. No offense, no disrespect but I don’t think about them. I’d rather focus on what I’m seeing, the message I need to get across.” 

Swizz also spoke on what fans can expect from X’s new work.

“Expect the unexpected. Expect the new and improved. Expect Hip Hop. Expect real music. Expect the message…Expect the Dog to be back.” 

For more from the interview, check below. Video provided by Yardie.  

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