Just a day before his death on April 9 from “catastrophic cardiac arrest”, legendary hip-hop artist DMX, released a new single titled “X moves”. It’s a full-fledged rock / hip-hop hybrid that recruits not one but three Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers: DARK PURPLE drummer Ian paice, which provides the stamping groove for the track, and YES and ASIA guitarist Steve howe, which throws a riff for DMX drive. Besides, “X moves” find DMX exchanging verses with the big one PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC maestro Bootsy Collins which also provides a bit of alien magic with its signature Space Bass. And finally, bringing an international flavor to the mix, the German producer / artist Jürgen Engler of DIE KRUPPS produced and mixed the track alongside Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera, who co-produced.
In a new video explaining his involvement with “X moves”, Peace clarified that he had never met DMX, and he admitted he didn’t know the rapper’s music. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “That’s right – hip-hop and rap is not a genre of music that I have great love for. Again, it’s not for me. Why should I understand it? There are a lot of genres of music that I don’t like. I don’t really have an affinity with it, and that’s okay; we all like different stuff. And over the years I have. played different styles of music – played with orchestras, played with jazz guys, played with big bands, made novelty records. This is not unusual for me to get out of my normal rock music sphere, that’s just another case where I did.
“When I do these things, I don’t think for a minute that I can do it as well as the people who do it all the time,” Ian continued. “If I perform with a big band, I have fun, and I do it the best I can, but I know, compared to the guys who do it day in and day out, it’s a different thing; they will always have the advantage, because they do it all the time. And no matter what kind of music you play, it’s like that.
“It might be a silly thing to say, but for 13 months now we haven’t been able to do anything in terms of live shows, so the studio stuff is about all we can do in a way. realistic to keep playing.
“A friend asked me to do this song, and for him, I did. I never thought I would get the chance to play this kind of thing, but the blow came, so I did. did my best. “
Paice also shot down the speculation that he played on the DMX song because he needed the money. “I did not receive any fees for this track,” he revealed. “I did it for a friend. The only money that changed hands was for studio time; studio equipment has to be rented; and engineering. I can’t do it all. costs involved, but I took no charge for it. ”
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