DMX Planned to Name Latest Album after His Son Exodus
DMX's first posthumous album is right around the corner, and it is set to be released under the name 'Exodus.'
The CEO of DMX's record label Ruff Ryders Inc., Joaquin Dean, opened up to TMZ, claiming that it was the late rapper's wish to name the album after his son.
DMX Was Working on the Album
The outlet reported that the late rapper had been working on the album for a year before his death, but it was only made possible thanks to a longtime collaborator and his lifelong friend Swizz Beatz.
It wasn't just the album that the iconic rapper had been working on. He actually had been adamant about naming the album after his four-year-old son too.
Dean revealed to TMZ that as DMZ was working on his final album, he was also growing closer and closer to his son Exodus, whom he shared with his widowed fiancee, Desiree Lindstrom.
He Wanted to Name It After His Son
Dean further elaborated to the outlet that the late rapper had confided his desire to name the project after his son with rapper Swizz Beatz, who also happened to be one of the producers of the project.
So, when the time to dish out DMZ's final tracks to the world finally came, Swizz Beatz made sure that his friend's wishes were honored.
Also, the album's name was not the only place to bear the 4-year-old's name. As per the outlet, there were two tracks on the album that reference the late rapper's relationship with his son, namely 'Exodus Skit' and 'Letter to my Son (Call Your Father).'
Apart from that, the name "Exodus" was also the final tattoo that DMX was inked with before his untimely demise.
Dean further pointed out that the release of the said album would be celebrated with "Ryde Outs." The event would see fans and well-wishers of the late rapper taking to the streets in all sorts of vehicles to pay their tributes.
A Tribute for the Legend
The event would be a recreation of the time when people took to the streets to say their final goodbyes to DMX's casket at Barclay's Center during his memorial.
DMX was rushed to White Plains hospital, New York, on April 2, following a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose.
In the week that he spent in the hospital, fans reached out from all over the world with love and tributes to the legendary rapper.
The Ruff Ryders motorcycle club, founded by DMX's label in the early 2000s, also gathered outside the hospital to show their support. The bikers had even played DMX's anthem and carried signs wishing the rapper a speedy recovery.
Sadly, despite the massive outpouring of love and support, the New York rapper breathed his last on April 9, 2021, after a week-long hospitalization in a critical care unit.
In a statement released by his family postmortem, they said that he fought bravely till the very end.