DMX is ready to step into the ring with Jay-Z.
In a clip posted to Instagram of a recent virtual interview with N.O.R.E for his hit show Drink Champs, Noreaga asked DMX if he had the opportunity to participate in Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’s Instagram Battle Series. Verzuz, who would he choose as an opponent; to which X responded–“Jay.”
Taken aback, N.O.R.E asked for clarification if the “Party Up” rapper was referring to Jay-Z, to which DMX reassured that he said what he said.
“Yeah, who you think?” DMX responded.
Realizing that DMX was serious neither N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN could contain their excitement.
“That would be battle number three,” X noted.
The lyrical rivalry between JAY-Z and DMX originally began in the early ’90s when the two legendary MCs battled twice. With only one being captured on camera in 1999, the raw footage of this rhyming session ended up being used in the 2000 documentary Backstage.
In 2016, DMX spoke to Drink Champs about his battles with Jay. During the conversation, he declared won each showdown.
“I never lost a battle!” he said. “I never lost a battle! Never! Never! I’m a battle rapper.”
Swizz and Timbaland have been able to pull off some impressive matchups for Verzuz, staging legendary battles such as RZA vs. DJ Premier, Babyface vs. Teddy Riley, and T-Pain vs Lil’ Jon, many fans are wondering if the two producers can pull off the match up.
Of course, Black Twitter got a hold of the challenge and instantly began making some great and at times hilarious predictions. check out some of the best ones below.
Dmx in every shape or form. Idc how long jay z been in the game, most overrated rated rapper of all time— SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA (@LuisHostyelsd) May 6, 2020
DMX first 2 albums are classics but after that it goes down hill. Like every album declines after those two.— Marques. (@___Kees) May 6, 2020
Umm, I love DMX and all but... pic.twitter.com/w4znRMxoNH— SheBelievedSheCouldSoSheDid 🇨🇻🇺🇸 (@TruthDanye) May 6, 2020
The energy is too different. DMX should be paired against someone like Busta Rhymes.— Russ (@DangerRuss33) May 6, 2020
Look man, I love that run DMX had with his first 2-3 albums. I really do, but we not about to do this. Y’all cut the fuckin nonsense and put some damn respect on Hov name. Smh. pic.twitter.com/6mbFgHnIXW— Bull Stitt (@MrTylerReid) May 6, 2020
I don’t think Jay could emote like X…you felt DMX pain in them dark tracks, but Jay got emotional on Regrets, You Must Love Me, Lucky Me, Friend or Foe Part 2, Come And Get Me, Soon You’ll Understand, Where Have You Been, etc. https://t.co/MdmsIz8qDX— Kai Jones (@MMJKaiJones) May 6, 2020
Lol the same Jay Z that boycotted the Grammy’s for 5 years because DMX wasn’t nominated in 1999 and he couldn’t understand why.— Chukwu (@Obidike__) May 6, 2020