Before DMX and Jay Z became international rap titans, they competed in a classic hip-hop war. Even with all that feuding in the past, Hov and X have collaborated on a bunch of songs, including "It's Murda" and "Blackout." They even almost formed a group with Ja Rule.
In 1999, Jay Z and DMX embarked (and majorly cashed in) on the Hard Knock Life Tour. Although Jay Z’s album gave the tour its name, the lineup was a joint headliner of the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder and DMX.
Captured in the documentary film Backstage, Jay Z and DMX had vastly different demeanors on wax, on stage, and as celebrities. While both were pillars of Rap-made-right and suddenly sex symbols, they only overlapped in skill and love of the art.
Jay and X joined Eminem, Big Pun, and Nas as the perceived new kings of Rap in ’99. The artists had the sales, the acclaim, and the ability to present their styles on a grand, Pop-embraced level.
DMX is still gunning for a Verzuz battle with JAY-Z despite talks of a showdown with Eminem. Swizz insisted Verzuz was more a celebration than a battle, which only made DMX more determined to get Hov involved.
Whether DMX faces off with Hov, Eminem or someone else completely remains to be seen, but he’s not the only one interested in battling Jigga. Snoop Dogg has also thrown his hat into the ring for a potential Instagram Live clash with the Roc Nation boss.
Even with some potential challengers, Swizz and his Verzuz co-founder Timbaland are stuck with the difficult task of convincing Jay to step into the arena.