According to a source close to DMX’s camp, the Ruff Ryders legend completed a gospel album during the Redemption of the Beast era that has yet to see the light of day. The project is supposedly being shopped around to labels as of Monday (June 7).
DMX has routinely injected his strong faith into his lyrics, so it comes as no surprise he was armed with an entire project dedicated to a higher power. On Exodus album closer “Prayer,” X delivers a powerful sermon acapella style that further cements his commitment to his love of God.
“In the name of Jesus, let us pray/Father, please walk with us through the bad times, as well as the good,” he says in his signature gruff voice. “May we be heard and understood, from the suburbs to the hood/May you judge us by our hearts and not by our mistakes/And see that we get our breakthrough, however long that it takes.
“May you fill that void in our souls and lay our fears to rest/For there’s no way we could live with Jesus, when we’re living in the flesh/So I pray that you will allow our spirits to be born/Grow strong, move on, know right from wrong.”
DMX died on April 9 at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York after suffering a massive heart attack reportedly triggered by a drug overdose. X valiantly fought his demons for many years but struggled with addiction throughout his life. In an interview last November, DMX admitted he was tricked into smoking crack-cocaine at just 14 years old.
“I’m 14 years old,” he said. “Me and my mans did a robbery one night, and it was his birthday and we came back and split the money. I said, ‘Here yo, go get something nice for your birthday.’ So he came back with a blunt rolled up, and as I’m counting the money, he passed the blunt. I wasn’t pressed — I don’t really smoke n-gga, fuck outta here.
“He passed the blunt around and I hit the blunt and I’m like, I was no longer focused on the money. I’d never felt like this, it just fucked me up, I’m like, ‘What the fuck?’ I later found out that he laced the blunt with crack.”
He added, “Why would you do that to a child? He knew I looked up to him. Why would you do that to somebody who looks up to you? A monster was born. I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Especially for someone that you supposedly love. Why would you do that?”
Despite multiple stints in rehab and prison, which would briefly tame the beast, DMX ultimately wasn’t able to break free.
DMX was 50 years old at the time of his death and left behind 15 children and a fiancée. He’s certainly free now. R.I.P. Dark Man X.