In an exclusive interview with Audacy’s Hip-Hop Made, Swizz Beatz, the renowned Ruff Ryders hitmaker, opened up about his unique bond with Scar Lip, an up-and-coming artist hailing from the Bronx. Swizz Beatz revealed his conviction that the spirit of DMX, the legendary Yonkers icon, and his dear friend played a role in bringing Scar Lip into his life and inspiring their creative partnership.
Swizz Beatz expressed, “I honestly feel like DMX sent Scar Lip my way because she embodies so much of his energy. I have never come across an artist who naturally possesses the essence of DMX like she does. While they may be different in terms of their artistic styles and levels of experience, it’s the intangible qualities that truly connect them.”
He continued passionately, “Scar Lip has endured many hardships, just like DMX. When you sit with her, you can feel her amazing spirit and witness her incredible heart, just like X had. She represents the have-nots, similar to how DMX embodied that spirit. Despite the challenges she has faced, she still wears a smile on her face. That resilience and determination make me believe that she is destined for greatness.”
Swizz Beatz collaborated with Scar Lip in April, enlisting her for his highly acclaimed Hip Hop 50: Vol. 2 EP. The project showcased the 22-year-old rapper alongside New York giants Jadakiss and Benny The Butcher on the powerful track titled “Take ‘Em Out.” Scar Lip’s undeniable talent received further recognition when Snoop Dogg joined her on the remix of her breakout hit, “This Is New York,” now transformed into “This Is Cali.”
This remarkable journey of Scar Lip’s ascent in the music industry has not gone unnoticed. Cardi B, a fellow Bronx native, has praised the emerging star, leaving Scar Lip overwhelmed with emotions as she continues to make strides in her career.
Swizz Beatz also recounted a vivid dream during an interview with The Breakfast Club, where he revealed an extraordinary experience of DMX visiting him. Swizz expressed his ongoing sense of connection, saying, “Honestly, it doesn’t even feel like he’s gone. It feels like he’s just away, somewhere chilling. Then, an anniversary comes around, or I speak to his fiancée or his son, and reality hits me. But what brings me solace is that he came to me.”
Reflecting on the dream, Swizz Beatz continued, “I saw him in my dream. It was a quick encounter, but it meant so much. He reassured me that he was okay. I’m usually skeptical about these things, thinking, ‘He didn’t come to see you.’ But I saw him. I felt his presence, and I could sense him, although I couldn’t hear his voice.”
Swizz Beatz’s profound belief in the spiritual connection between DMX and Scar Lip underscores the significance of their collaboration and mentorship. Scar Lip’s rise in the music industry, backed by the support of influential figures like Swizz Beatz, Snoop Dogg, and Cardi B, signals a promising future for the talented artist. As their artistic paths intertwine, we witness the legacy of DMX inspiring a new generation of artists to reach for greatness.