Titled “Hood Blues,” the song taps Griselda‘s main players Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher and Conway the Machine for a melting pot of iconic rap voices atop a jazz-leaning Swizz Beatz-produced melody.
Gunn opens the track with the rap group’s signature sonics before DMX takes the mic. As the blues-meets-hip-hop single progresses, each artist claims their own verse, with DMX dominating the final arrangement. “Sometimes I can’t manage all the shit in my attic,” DMX raps prior to the outro. “I was promised the world but I got the dirt instead / It’s just life, I was bred to shed blood.”
“Hood Blues” is the first single to land on streaming platforms from DMX’s upcoming album EXODUS, which the rapper had been working on in the months leading up to his death.
“My brother [DMX] was one of the most pure and rare souls I’ve ever met. He lived his life dedicated to his family and music,” Swizz Beatz, who has taken on the role of executive producer for the project, said in a previous statement. “Most of all, he was generous with his giving and loved his fans beyond measure. This album, [DMX] couldn’t wait for his fans all around the world to hear and show just how much he valued each and every single person that has supported him unconditionally.”
EXODUS is slated to release this Friday, May 28.