Famed DJ Funkmaster Flex continues to make hip-hop headlines by issuing on-air challenges to industry veterans. However, on top of this, Flex also achieved pretty impressive results. This included the implication that veteran greats such as Ghostface Killah are creating again.
Despite these successes, Flex managed to outdo himself recently. The DJ challenged the ever-busy producer Swizz Beats on a recent show to release previously unreleased DMX songs. Swizz frequently collaborated with the legendary late MC. He even worked on DMX’s final product, the posthumously released album “Exodus.”
How It Started
Flex’s quest for new DMX music began last week when on his September 1st broadcast, a challenge rang across the radio speakers.
Flex stated, “I heard that there are several unreleased, never coming out DMX songs…I challenge you in six days to get me one of those DMX songs…That’s what New York City wants…” the direct nature is fitting with Flex’s other recent challenges. A few short days later, Swizz answered Flex’s call.
Funkmaster Flex graced the world on Friday’s show with a never-before-heard DMX track. The track consists of X’s trademarked aggressive and passionate lyrics laced over the classic beat of “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’.”
Despite rapping over a familiar beat by two of hip-hop’s all-time greats, Big Daddy Kane and Marley Marl, DMX still makes the track his own.
A Hope For DMX’s Future Releases
Funkmaster Flex’s recent challenges have served hardcore hip-hop fans well over the past few months. Many dormant artists promised that new music was coming following these challenges. However, giving the world an unreleased song from an all-star rapper like DMX is a dream come true for many.
DMX’s tragic passing last year left a hole in the culture, but through this, a small piece managed to slip through the cracks. A blessing for all hip-hop fans, and hopefully, this is only the first of many lost songs that will find their way to the public.
Written by Ryan Fields