DMX recorded a gospel rap double album in Arizona
Although DMX’s last album was the most haunting of this year Exodus, which featured appearances from Jay-Z and Nas, the Griselda crew, and more, it turns out there’s another full-length album from the late great rap pioneer floating around. Title Walk with me now and you’ll fly with me later, it was a double album recorded in 2008 while DMX was living in Arizona, with one side consisting of his usual gritty rap and the second consisting of profanity-free gospel rap. According to a new feature of rolling stonethe album was actually finished, but later shelved following a police raid on his home.
According to rolling stone, while living in Arizona, DMX was the subject of a campaign of harassment by the Maricopa County Sheriff. The subjects interviewed said that DMX lived under constant surveillance and had been arrested several times for relatively minor offenses, mostly related to traffic incidents or parole violations stemming from his 2007 arrest for cruelty to children. animals. Unfortunately, a stint in prison for these charges left him unable to promote the album’s release, and by the time he was free to do so, the label that had funded it, Bodog Music, had been shut down. A Canadian label called Her Royal Majesty’s Records ended up with the rights to the album Walk with me now and you’ll fly with me laterbut due to DMX history, was unwilling to commit resources to a proper version.
Some of the songs have since leaked into low-quality YouTube uploads. Rights bounced, from Seven Arts Entertainment, which released the DMX album Undisputed in 2012, to a Canadian businessman named Howard Mann who won the rights at an auction when Seven Arts executives were found guilty of tax evasion (maybe Issa Rae was right, after all). Meanwhile, DMX’s estate also views Mann as untrustworthy, stating through his attorney, “Howard Mann has no authority to our knowledge and has shown us nothing to reflect that he possesses the music recorded by DMX. He has absolutely nothing to do with the domain and since he owns DMX’s music, the domain has not authorized the use of DMX’s name and image.
You can read the full, detailed essay on DMX’s time in Arizona here.