DMX did not perform as scheduled Tuesday night (February 25) at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. However, he has since released a statement saying he was at the venue at 8:45 p.m. ET. According to the DMX, the show – which was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET – began two-and-a half hours late, with additional acts added to a lineup that was to originally to include Clipse, Eve, Jaheim, 50 Cent, and DMX.
DMX’s statement explained a possible reason why the promoter would not allow him to perform. “Building regulations stated that the show had to conclude at 11:30 p.m. or an additional fee would be charged to the promoter,” the statement read. “With the setback of two-and-a half hours, it was a conniving move to deny DMX’s performance.”
DMX shared his disappointment. “I am extremely disappointed that I was not allowed to perform in my hometown,” DMX said. “I have mad love for my fans and regret that I wasn’t allowed to express that.”
On a positive note, the Cradle 2 The Grave soundtrack debuted at Number Six on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. The set was released on DMX’s Bloodline Records label and features the rapper’s latest song, “X Gonna Give It To Ya.”
DMX recently explained how he created his latest opus. “Man, I was just stopping by the studio. I wasn’t planning on doing any work that night, or maybe I was going to do some vocals over,” DMX said.
“It’s like four in the morning, I just came from the club, ‘Let me stop by the studio, just for a little while.’ And Shatek – that’s the producer’s name – he put this beat on and I’m listening. I’m, like, ‘Oh, boy.’ (hums the beat) It’s, like, really slow. I didn’t realize that that was just the build up. When that beat drops, I was, like, ‘What!’ I wrote the whole song right then and there and laid it, right then and there.”
DMX also stars in the film Cradle 2 The Grave, which opened nationwide Friday (February 28).