DMX offers up a posthumous verse on the grim “Been to Hell,” a track from the Epix drama series Godfather of Harlem that dropped on Friday morning (April 16). The song featuring Swizz Beatz and French Montana dropped just days after X’s death at 50.
“I’mma march to the beat, got my own drummers/ Let’s get it on baby, we can go to war all summer/ I done been to jail, I done did numbers,” X raps in his familiar menacing, gruff cadence on the track that features one of Swizz’s familiar marching band-style rhythms and booming bass drums. “I donе been to hell, I done been under/ Diffеrence between a boss and a runner/ Whatever you thinkin’, no way, uh-huh, I’m doin’ what you gonna/ Play the game in the off-season, n—as need to stop it.”
The first posthumous song from X comes just days before Sunday’s (April 18) debut of the second season of the crime drama starring Forest Whitaker as notorious 1960s New York gangster Bumpy Johnson. DMX died on April 9 after suffering a reported drug overdose that triggered a heart attack. Longtime collaborator Swizz paid homage to his friend in an impassioned Instagram post in which he said he was “truly devastated” by X’s passing.
“But I’m so happy my brother is no longer in pain,” wrote Beatz of the rapper who suffered from a years-long battle with drug addiction. “I watched him take everyone’s pain and make it his own. I send my love and support to his entire family. My brother we will never let them forget your name and you will live forever F.A.M.E. Long live King DMX THE GREAT AKAmy brother 4 Life Earl Simmons.” Damn Dog.”
Listen to “Been to Hell” below.