It’s been way too complicated getting DMX’s new album Redemption of the Beast onto store shelves. First, the announcement of the album’s release came out of nowhere, much to the chagrin of X and Swizz Beatz.
Then, X’s team said that the album was full of “stolen music” only for the Seven Arts Entertainment to release the album anyway. Now Dark Man X’s team is volleying the blame right back at the label in the never-ending saga of the album nobody wants anyway.
Earl’s brother Montana told HipHopDX that releasing the album was a breach of contract. According to Montana, X’s deal with Seven Arts was only for one album and since that was released in 2012 (Undisputed), they didn’t have the right to release Redemption, which they did Tuesday. Per HipHopDX:
“You can’t just put somebody’s album out without permission,” he says. “X only had a contract with them for one album, and that album already came out a long time ago. If they wanted to come out with another album, they had to come to the table. That’s why we sent a cease and desist letter.”
Montana refuses to call Redemption Of The Beast an album, saying it was more like a poorly recycled version of Undisputed.
“[Some of the] songs are from the Undisputed album and there’s three extra songs that he recorded that were not on the Undisputed album that they just put on that album,” Montana says. “That’s what they did. We don’t even know where he got that picture [on the cover] from. It boils down to they have no rights to whip out that new album. His contract is over. He gave ‘em the first album. The owner called me said he’s stuck with a couple albums. He wants to push them out. He needed our help, so he had to sit at the table with us and he never did that. He decided to take it upon himself to do what the fuck he did. He was supposed to take care of some business with me and he took it upon himself not to do it, so he’s gonna have a lot of problems if he does. He’s already got problems.”
In a few days we’ll find out the sales of this much debated album and we’ll have a better idea of whether or not it was even worth all the fussing and fighting.
I hope X’s Top Five check was nice because something tells me his Redemption check won’t be. At least he’s still booking shows though.