The reason DMX was “not impressed” by Rick Ross
(Credit: Alamy)

Old School Archives

The reason DMX was "not impressed" by Rick Ross

DMX is an old-school legend whose opinion is respected and always taken on board. Akin to a Jay-Z or Snoop Dogg, fans pay attention when DMX names a rapper he rates highly. However, on the flip side, when the emcee (real name Earl Simmons) reveals he doesn’t like a musician, people also tend to believe him.

In an interview with the New York morning radio show The Breakfast Club, DMX once revealed that he disliked not only the music of Rick Ross but also Drake, who recently became the fourth most-streamed artist in the world.

Simmons commenced the interview with Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee, revealing that he was deeply unhappy with his treatment at Def Jam while Jay-Z was the label’s president. DMX unveiled that in 2006, after a three-year hiatus, Jay-Z shelved him to boost his comeback with Kingdom Come, stating, “That was just some bullshit. You know what it is. That was getting rid of the competition.” 

When Charlamagne Tha God professed that he believed Rick Ross was an excellent lyricist and compared him to Biggie Smalls, Simmons responded, “Rick Ross looks more like Biggie. I’m just not impressed man, real talk! He’s a’ight. He talks about eating and girlfriends too much. How much can a n*gga eat? How much weed can you smoke? Let’s talk about something else!”

He continued, “I know you got the Maybach, the Aston Martin, good for you! But damn, I see a whole ‘nother side of the coin, son!” Simmons unveiled that he had a good relationship with Lil Wayne but was hesitant to say he was a great rapper explicitly.

When asked by Angela Yee if he liked Drake, DMX swiftly exclaimed, “No. I don’t like anything about Drake. I don’t like his f*cking voice. I don’t like the things he talks about. I don’t like his face. I don’t like the way he walks. Nothing! I don’t like his haircut. Let me just shut up.”

Drake never responded to DMX’s comments, as the Yonkers rapper is far too respected for the Toronto native to take shots. However, in 2019, both DMX and Rick Ross appeared on the Just In Case track ‘Godfather Of Harlem’. You can hear Simmons taking about Drake and Ross in the video below.