Despite a star-studded tracklist on DMX’s posthumous album “Exodus,” the late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was noticeably absent. During an interview with the “Drink Champs” podcast earlier this year, X confirmed that there was a collaboration with Pop Smoke, who was initially set to appear on “Money Money Money.”
Executive producer Swizz Beatz reveals that it was cut because Pop’s team gave his verse to someone else. “They used the verse already. I know X wouldn’t want an old verse,” the mega-producer said, according to Rap-Up.
“We fought for it,” continued Swizz, who said Pop’s verse was pulled “out of nowhere.” “It was two verses and both of them was used. We went to get another verse and it was used.”
Swizz reached out to Moneybagg Yo to appear on “Money Money Money.” “I just put Moneybagg on the song,” he said. “Not that they the same energy, but they the same demographic. X wanted to touch that part too.”
Swizz believes it all worked out in the end. “I’m not mad at it. I like Moneybagg verse better anyway.”
Aside from the Moneybagg feature, the 13-track album includes appearances from JAY-Z, Nas, Usher, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and more.