Tony Yayo once publicly called DMX a “crackhead”
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Tony Yayo once publicly called DMX a "crackhead"

DMX was a 1990s legend, and his legacy lives on to this day. With his career beginnings rooted in the late-’80s, the rapper became one of the most prevalent and exciting rappers of the 1990s and 2000s. Born Earl Simmons, the rapper had a slow but exciting rise to fame and captured fans with his aggressive style and provocative lyrics.

During the early-2000s, the late emcee was a prevalent force. However, in a heated exchange with the ‘Ruff Ryders’ rapper, G-Unit member Tony Yayo labelled Simmons a “crackhead.”

The feud began when New York native Fatman Scoop posted a list of his top 20 MCs of all time on Instagram. Simmons appeared on the list but was lower than G-Unit member Lloyd Banks.

During an Instagram live with Scoop the It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot rapper grilled him about the list, asking, “Lloyd Banks? Lloyd Banks? Lloyd Banks? Seriously?!” He then asked Scoop, “impress me with four bars!”

However, when Fatman Scoop reeled off some Lloyd Banks lyrics, DMX realised it wasn’t Lloyd Banks who he considered lyrically poor but had mistaken Banks for Tony Yayo. Simmons took to Instagram to apologise to Banks writing, “It takes a real nigga to admit when he’s wrong. My apologies to Lloyd banks. I was thinking Tony Yayo when I was asked about Banks. I fucks with Banks!”

Fatman Scoop’s list included the likes of Chuck D, Eminem, Rakim, Nas, Black Thought, Big Daddy Kane, Nas, LL Cool J, Slick Rick and The Notorious B.I.G. However, while mistaking Banks for Tony Yayo, Simmons had inferred that he considered Yayo extremely poor concerning lyricism and the Queens rapper did not take this well.

Following the debacle Yayo swiftly took to Twitter to offer his opinion writing, “Old n*ggas and young n*ggas clout chasing what’s the world coming to?! I guess you worry when [people] stop talking about you.” He brutally concluded by tweeting, “DMX a crack head who cares what he think!”