I won that year, for Rap Album. Not even my big brother.” Jay-Z’s Shop: Uninterrupted interview occurred the same day as the release of his DMX and Nas collab, “Bath Salts.”

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Tags: “First the guys are going crazy, now the girls are going crazy. X is going before me. The highlight of the shop talk was when Jay-Z shared his “fondest memory of DMX,” which was when the late rapper opened for Jay-Z on his Hard Knock Life Tour in 1999. And then he goes [growls], and the arena goes crazy. They didn’t even nominate him. Photo: HBO

The fourth season of LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s talk show The Shop: Uninterrupted premiered on HBO this past Friday, and they kicked things off with a roundtable of WNBA player Nneka Ogwumike, series co-creator Paul Rivera, Bad Bunny, and Jay-Z. He was so competitive with me, I never met a human being more competitive with me. It’s deafening, and I’m like, ohhhhh shit,” at which point Jay-Z grabs his face, Kevin McAllister style. And they’re like … okay, now you go.”

You know you’re a legend when you got Hov shook 🔥❌ #RIPDMX #TheShopHBO pic.twitter.com/Ydbc7Kv7PJ— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) May 29, 2021

In the episode, Jay-Z also recounted why he boycotted the 1999 Grammys in solidarity with DMX: “We both came out that year, he didn’t even get nominated. Ever. He had two albums, two number-one albums in the same year. And then he gets to the end, and he starts a prayer. Jay-Z goes on to describe all the ways that DMX was an impossible act to follow — his energy, the crowd cheering for him when he takes his shirt off halfway through the set. So my first Grammy win, I wasn’t even in the building, because I boycotted it for him. The whole arena is crying! And now they’re crying. So there was a competitive thing, but it was big love. Jay-Z relives the moments before the first performance: “X is about to go on, and I want to see.