On Tuesday (May 25), the late star’s second posthumously released song, titled “Hood Blues” made its debut. The track, dropped by Def Jam Recordings, was produced by Swizz Beatz and features Benny the Butcher alongside his cousins, brothers Conway the Machine and Westside Gunn.
“Hood Blues” comes nearly two months after DMX, born Earl Simmons, died on April 9 at age 50. The all-new track will appear on X’s first posthumously released studio album, Exodus, which debuts Friday.
DMX begins his verse rapping, “I grew up at the dark side, apartheid/ Where goin’ against the grain will get you kidnapped and hogtied.” He later adds, “I ain’t 50 years old for nothing/ I’m not 50 years old for nothing.”
Westside Gunn kicks off the song, rapping in the first verse, “I’m in the hood, 80 K house, million dollar net.” In verse two, Benny the Butcher joins in, “You know how I rock six figures off zaza/ Come and spend at my shop, I turn your hood to a hotspot.”
Just before DMX finishes the song in the final verse, Conway the Machine begins, “Ah, you throwin’ shots you better be precise/ If I only squeeze it twice, that’s me bein’ polite.”
“Hood Blues” comes after DMX’s first posthumously released song “Been to War” dropped in April, just days after his death.
The late star last released an album in 2012, titled Undisputed.