DMX has shed new light on the current state of hip-hop, his relationship with Eminem and his religious aspirations, among other things.
In a recent interview with Bulgarian urban media outlet 359HipHop, DMX discussed his legal troubles, Eminem's "Rap God" status, the evolution of the game and his aspiration to eventually become a pastor (not a priest).
Read excerpts from the interview and watch the whole thing below, as well as his recent performance of "Lord Give Me A Sign" at the Hristo Botev sports hall in Sofia, Bulgaria.
On The Evolution Of The Rap Game:
"The quality of rap fucking sucks right now! There are some nice rappers, but for the most part, niggas suck. That's what the fuck it is, man. Take it how you want to fucking take it... that's what it is, man - take it how you want to take it. What?! Bring it!"
On Eminem Being A Rap God:
"I don't know what Eminem is. I know he's a talented artist, we have a good relationship, but don't ask me no random shit to [start] some random beef."
On His New Album's Release Date:
"I have no idea when the new album is dropping."
On His Legal Troubles:
"It hasn't changed me as an artist."
On His New Freedom To Travel & Law Enforcement:
"I've been a free man. The last few times I got locked up, I got locked up for hours at a time. Driving without a license, who the fuck gets locked up for driving without a license? Me! Because I'm famous, that's all. Police suck dick, that's what the fuck they do. It is what it is. I'm not a criminal, I’m not committing... crimes and shit. I drive my fucking car - I have a car, I drive it. Oh, you want to pull me over and lock me up? Well, do what you do, homie, but I'll be right back out doing the same fucking thing I was doing 8 hours ago. So fuck you!"
On His Religious Aspirations:
"I won't be fucking little boys, I will not be a priest. I will be a pastor. I'm already a deacon. I will be a pastor."
On Aspiring Rappers:
"If you're going to rap, do it because you love to do it and have a purpose."