DMX doubles down on wanting to go against JAY-Z in a Verzuz battle. “It's a celebration. We're celebrating music,” DMX said.
In the late '90s, Jay-Z and DMX were Def Jam's most successful stars. The friendly rivalry includes several rap battles between the legendary MCs, including their Backstage Freestyle match in 2000. In 1999, they also created the infamous supergroup Murder Inc, which starred both rappers and Ja Rule.
Before DMX and Jay Z became international rap titans, they competed in a classic hip-hop war. Their Bronx battle in the early '90s is the stuff of legends and it's also what sparked their ongoing beef, according to Irv Gotti.
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DMX debuted at number 1, which is uncommon in the rap industry, and his music continues to be influential. He's also currently the fifth best-selling rap artist in the United States. As of 2020, DMX's net worth is estimated to be negative $10 million.
Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter on Dec. 4, 1969, is an American entrepreneur, investor, music producer, and rapper. With a net worth of $1 billion according to Forbes Magazine, Jay-Z is the first hip-hop artist to become a billionaire.
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