New Details Emerge on DMX's Unreleased Gospel Album

By Kiani Shabazz

DMX has always been open about his faith throughout his career. The Yonkers emcee often recited prayers on his albums and rapped about his relationship with the Lord throughout his prolific catalog. New details have recently emerged regarding the late emcee’s faith-based posthumous gospel album. 

Rolling Stone recently reported that there are plans to release a double album titled Walk With Me Now and You’ll Fly With Me Later, the second half is reported to be an entire gospel album by the Ruff Ryders emcee. 

X’s former manager, Pat Gallo, says a majority of the gospel project was recorded in one night back in 2008. On this particular night, Gallo says he had difficulty getting X in the booth to record.  When X did arrive in the early morning hours, he is said to have smoked crack in an upstairs restroom before emerging to tell Gallo to play a beat, at which point he “rapidly wrote a song” and recorded it in a single take.  This method was repeated several times in a row, with X ultimately having penned and recorded seven gospel tracks when a new day was beginning.

The status of the project still remains unclear. In Rolling Stone’s report, it’s stated that businessman Howard Mann has claimed that he has the rights to a number of DMX songs. Mann alleges that X signed over the rights to his gospel project, though the two did not speak in the last years of the artist’s life. 

Entertainment lawyer Ron Sweeney, however, is quoted as saying that X’s estate (now operated by his and Tashera Simmons’ three oldest sons) is not involved with any such claims. “Howard Mann has no authority that we’re aware of and hasn’t shown us anything to reflect that he owns any music that DMX recorded,” Sweeney, who now represents the sons, said. Gallo has also expressed disbelief of Mann’s claims.

Check out the entire report from Rolling Stone here.