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Entertainment Jay-Z admits he was forced to step up his performances after he watched DMX make a 'whole arena' cry

01:35  02 june  2021
01:35  02 june  2021 Source:   insider.com

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JAY - Z Remembers DMX Bringing ' A Whole Arena ' To Tears. During their conversation, which included Hov’s admission he routinely used to forget his lyrics during performances , Jay also recalled seeing the late DMX bring an entire arena to tears. Make sure you typed in your email correctly.

The '99 Problems' hitmaker admits he was in awe of the late rapper after watching the latter's live performance during the 'Hard Knock Life' tour years ago. Jun 1, 2021. AceShowbiz - Jay - Z was stunned the first time he saw DMX perform , admitting he was nervous about following the late rapper's emotional set. " He has a thing, like an Alize and Hennessy mix - it looks like blood, like he 's drinking blood - and he 's running back and forth Halfway through the show, he takes his shirt off and the whole crowd goes crazy "

DMX et al. standing in front of a store: Jay-Z is a 23-time Grammy winner and DMX is a 3-time Grammy nominee. Kevin Mazur/Michael Hickey via Getty © Provided by INSIDER Jay-Z is a 23-time Grammy winner and DMX is a 3-time Grammy nominee. Kevin Mazur/Michael Hickey via Getty
  • Jay-Z revealed that touring with DMX helped improved his own stage presence.
  • He described how the late rapper made "the whole arena" cry when he started a prayer onstage.
  • Jay-Z said he had to "figure out my space in this" and "figure out where do I exist" afterward.
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Jay-Z recently reflected on the time he witnessed a soul-stirring performance from late rapper DMX.

While in conversation with LeBron James during the season-four premiere of HBO series "The Shop: Uninterrupted," Jay-Z, 51, opened up about touring with DMX on his Hard Knock Life tour in 1999 and the pressure he felt to match the late rapper's grandiose stage presence with his own performances.

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JAY - Z has recalled the first time he toured with the late DMX , explaining that he was in awe of the late rapper's powerful stage presence. Jay continued: “ He has a thing, like an Alizé and Hennessy mix, it looks like blood, like he ’s drinking blood, and he ’s running back and forth. Halfway through the show, and then he takes his shirt. And the whole crowd goes wild.” The ‘Empire State Of Mind’ rapper then explained how DMX was able to take the crowd from raging screams to emotional tears.

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"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, like ever, not even my big brother," the "Empire State of Mind" singer revealed. "My fondest memory of DMX is he improved my stage show."

"First night. 360 sold out. Everyone has a great show. Method Man is flying in the audience. Incredible performance. Everyone's destroying it," he went on. "X is about to go on, and I'm like, I wanna see."

"X is going before me. And then he goes [growls], and the f---ing arena goes crazy. First of all, it's deafening, and I'm like, 'Oh s---.'"

Jay-Z is an American hip-hop artist who currently has 14 studio albums. Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP © Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP Jay-Z is an American hip-hop artist who currently has 14 studio albums. Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP

Jay-Z continued to describe the ways DMX riled up the crowd, including by taking his shirt off halfway through the set and drinking an alcoholic concoction that "looks like blood, like he's drinking blood."

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He then recalled the moment the "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" rapper brought the audience to tears.

"First the guys are going crazy, now the girls are going crazy. And then he gets to the end, and he starts a prayer. And now they're crying, the whole arena is crying. And they're like, 'OK, now you go,'" he said.

"I was like, 'OK I have to figure out my space in this. I have to figure out where do I exist.'"

JAY-Z wearing a hat and sunglasses: Jay-Z is a 23-time Grammy winner. Mike Blake/Reuters © Mike Blake/Reuters Jay-Z is a 23-time Grammy winner. Mike Blake/Reuters

DMX died on April 9 at the age of 50. He experienced a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose while in his New York home.

Aside from the late Grammy-nominated rapper, Jay-Z also mentioned some other legendary hip-hop artists he used to compare himself to while reflecting on the start of his career.

"I had foolish confidence early on. I remember playing my first demo. When I first said I know how to make songs - I didn't know how to make songs, I thought at the time - And I played for my uncle and said, 'Yo, I'm better than LL Cool J,'" he said.

"I kinda came in like, 'Who's the biggest emcee?' Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas. You know, those were the guys at the time. And I believed I was on their level at that time. You know, my first album," he said.

"So I always had self-confidence and I always knew that I was gonna excel beyond. But you know, you still gotta do it. You could believe it. You could have the belief and it's just second nature."

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You can now listen to DMX's posthumous album Exodus .
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