There was a time when these 3 graced an iconic XXL cover. In June 1999 to be exact. At various heights of their careers, Ja Rule, Jay Z, and DMX had a short-lived Murder Inc. supergroup. That would have gotten alllll the blogs talkin’ then, could you have imagined? That, as well as the fallout reasoning it never happened. Ja tells MTV:
“We tried to deliver that album. It was a situation where egos all just played a part in its demise. We couldn’t get X and Jay in the same room, from long ago, their storied battle on the pool table, guns out [and] all of that. That carried over into our careers and we were all trying to do our thing separately and it carried over. It was hard to get all of us into a room to do what we needed to do.”
That said… he reveals there are actually songs, recorded and existing.
“We did a few records together and those records will always be classics to a lot of people in the history of hip-hop. I wish that album would’ve came to fruition, it would’ve been real dope. I think there might be one– one or two joints that’s still out there that you haven’t heard…. Gotti got ‘em.”
We definitely gotta get a hold of Gotti, amirite? But that said, wouldn’t these be out already given that any Jay Z association with Ja and/or DMX today would only give them some positive PR? At any rate, I’m not holding my breath, but would certainly welcome the release of these unreleased songs…