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Jay-Z Remembers When DMX Brought a ‘Whole Arena’ to Tears

The world is mourning the legend DMX, and Jay-Z has the nicest things to say about the late rapper.

Speaking on the latest episode of LeBron James’ HBO series The Shop, Jay-Z talked about DMX’s magnificent stage presence, recalling that he had been tapped to perform immediately after X finished his set, and it became increasingly clear to him that the late rapper would be a tough act to follow.

”X is about to go, and I’m like, I wanna see,’” Jay recalled. “And he goes [growls], and the fucking arena goes crazy. First of all, it’s deafening, and I’m like, ‘Ohhh shit.’ He has a thing, like an Alize and Hennessey mix, it looks like blood, like he’s drinking blood, and he’s running back and forth [on the stage]. Halfway through the show, and then he takes his shirt. And the whole crowd goes wild. ‘Aaaaaah!’”

Jay said he witnessed X take the entire crowd on an emotional roller coaster ride. One minute the arena was screaming and then next, they’re all in tears.

“He’s going nuts, right? And I’m like, ‘Shit.’ First the guys are going crazy, now the girls are going crazy. And then he gets to the end, and he starts a prayer. And now they’re crying, the whole arena is crying. And then [concert organizers] go, ‘OK, now you go.’”

And he said a lot more. Watch him:

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