Swizz Beatz has revealed he believes his late friend and collaborator DMX spiritually sent up-and-coming star Scar Lip to collaborate and provide mentorship.
Talk with Audacy made hip hopthe Ruff Ryders hitmaker has opened up about how his connection to Scar Lip was sparked by the spirit of DMX as the Yonkers legend’s fiancée Desiree Lindstrom was the one who implored him to work with the Bronx native in full boom.
“Honestly, I feel like DMX sent me Scap Lip because she’s too much of her energy,” he began. “Like I’ve never seen an artist who naturally has what I know DMX has. And it’s two different artists, two different levels, yes. But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about here.
“You know, like, this sister has been through a lot, like Dog has been through a lot. This sister, you know, is when you sit down with her, she’s amazing and has a big heart the same way X had a big heart.
“You know what I’m saying? Like, she just represents the have-nots, like X represents the have-nots. And for her, she’d been through all these different things and still had a smile on her face. I’m like, ‘Man, she gotta earn.’ “
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Swizz worked with Scar Lip in April when he recruited her for his Hip Hop 50: Vol. 2 EP, which saw the 22-year-old rap alongside New York giants Jadakiss and Benny The Butcher on the track “Take ‘Em Out.”
Scar Lip received the major co-sign earlier this month when Snoop Dogg hopped on his hit “This Is New York” remix for “This Is Cali.”
The collaboration comes after Scar Lip received praise from fellow Bronx native Cardi B, which left the budding star in tears as she continues to elevate her career.
It wasn’t the only time Swizz claimed to feel the spirit of DMX around him. He opened up about the late rap icon coming to visit him in a vivid dream one night during an interview with The breakfast club last month.
“Man, honestly he doesn’t even feel like he’s gone,” Swizz said. “It just feels like he’s gone, somewhere relaxing. And then the birthday will come or I’ll talk to his fiancée or I’ll talk to his son and I’m like, ‘Whoa.’
“Either I’ll see a video or I’ll scroll through my phone and see pictures and it will hit me. But what gives me comfort is that he came to me.
He continued, “I saw it in my dream. He came to me. And it was, like, super fast too. And he let me know he was good. I’m the person who says, ‘He didn’t come to see you, what are you talking about?’ I saw it. I felt it, I can feel like – I just couldn’t hear him speak.