By Michael “Ice-Blue” Harris
Jay-Z recently stopped by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s talk show “The Shop: Uninterrupted” and talked about some of his fondest memories of DMX. During the segment, the Roc Nation boss revealed that X was the reason he first boycotted the Grammys.
“By the way, the first time I boycotted the Grammys was for him. We both came out that year. He didn’t get nominated. He dropped two albums, had two No. 1 albums in the same year. They didn’t even nominate him. I won that year  for [Best] Rap Album [Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life], so my first Grammy win, I wasn’t there. I wasn’t even in the building because I boycotted it for him. So, there was a competitive thing but it was big love. He was so competitive with me. I never met a human being more competitive with me. Ever. Not even my big brother. No one,” confessed Jay-Z.
The business mogul born Shawn Carter also revealed how he and DMX met during a competition.
Jay also gave X his biggest props during the interview when he revealed that the Ruff Ryder MC made him step up his live performance. While Jay-Z may have been the closer, he admitted DMX was a hard act to follow on the Hard Knock Life tour in 1999.
“He improved my stage show. Remember, rap tours weren’t going out at that time. There was [sic] no rap tours. Maybe the Fresh Best in the ’80s, but there were no rap shows. Me, DMX, Method Man, Redman, Ja Rule, The Lox — this tour is packed. First night, 360 sold out. Everyone has a great show. Meth and Red are flying in the audience. Incredible performance, everyone’s destroying it. X is about to go on and I’m like, I wanna see. X is going before me. The lights are off. He’s in the hallway, arena’s shaking. Out of nowhere, DMX’s signature growl is heard as the rapper took to the mic. And the f—–g arena goes crazy,” said Jay-Z.
Check out the clip below as Jay-Z pays tribute to his late friend, DMX.
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