DMX appeared on The Drink Champs podcast and shared a story of how years ago Diddy (then Puff Daddy) told him that he wasn’t a good fit for Bad Boy, but then tried to sign him when he heard he was going to Def Jam.
DMX has been around a long time and has endless stories. He shared a never before told one this week when he stopped to have a drink with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN of the Drink Champs podcast.
In one part of their conversation, Dark Man X opens up about a meeting that took place between him and Bad Boy Entertainment founder Sean “Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy” Combs. X says that he was introduced to Diddy by producer Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie shortly after his fellow Ruff Ryders The Lox signed to Bad Boy.
“He told Puff, ‘if you like The Lox, you’re gonna love X,'” said the Yonkers-born MC. From there he spit for Diddy, but he wasn’t impressed.
“I spit or whatever and he was like, ‘eh, his voice is too and he’s unmarketable.’ Didn’t like it, but I had to respect it. But three weeks later when he found out I was getting signed to Def Jam he was like, ‘I’ll lace your pockets. I’ll double what they gave you and lace your pockets.’ I was like, no I’m cool.”
X said that he will always respect Diddy for telling him to his face instead of lying or giving him the runaround.
But imagine for a second, DMX, the man who essentially ended the “Shiny suit era” that Diddy created, actually signing to Bad Boy? Would we have seen X in a shiny suit dancing in front of fireworks?
DMX and Diddy still wound up doing business in the long run. X would go on to appear on both Ma$e’s Harlem World and The Lox’s Money, Power & Respect albums.