DMX unexpectedly passed away in April following a cocaine-induced heart attack that had left him in a coma for roughly a week. The Ruff Ryders legend was in the midst of a career resurgence after getting out of prison and seemingly on a path to recovery. But old demons reared their ugly heads and he succumbed to the disease of addiction.
Before DMX made his transition, he left behind a body of work producer Swizz Beatz was able to craft into the posthumous album Exodus. But according to rapper Chris Webby, DMX recorded his last guest verse for his new single “We Up.”
As the Connecticut rapper explained in a press release, “This was DMX’s last ever recorded feature verse. Thank you to everyone who helped make this video. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. RIP to a legend and one of my (and so many others’) biggest inspirations as an emcee. We love you X, thank you for everything. Long live the DOG.”
The track arrived with a visual directed by Rook, which features several members of the Ruff Ryders as an homage to the late X. When it comes time for DMX’s verse, it’s delivered through an animated pit bull wearing a Ruff Ryders chain, a borderline strange but sensical touch.
While Exodus didn’t exactly perform like some may have expected, it still landed at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 upon its release. .
“Get Up” is taken from Chris Webby’s forthcoming album, Still Wednesday. The project is expected to arrive on Wednesday (December 22). Check out the video above.