"…This was at a time where JayZ and Nas were thinking of themselves as Pablo Escobar crack kingpins. And DMX instead was talking about his use of drugs. And the devil is after him. The devil is chasing him. He's made a deal with the devil. Very nuanced realism. I felt that he brought to the game where again, other rappers were talking about fantasy stuff. Not to say that DMX wasn't talking about fantasy stuff, but the whole drug Kingpin thing.…"