by Beatrice Ambasa
June 3, 2021

Jay-Z was a guest on "The Shop: Uninterrupted," where he revealed just why he boycotted the Grammys!

In a moment that has now gone viral, Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z talked about why he boycotted the GRAMMY Awards in 1999 because the National Academy of Recording Arts & Science didn't nominate DMX, who arguably had the best year in rap history.

In 1998, DMX made history by dropping two classic albums in one year: Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. The Dog's debut album dropped on May 19th 1998, and broke into the Billboard 200 charts at number 1, sold 251,000 copies the first week, and by 2000 had gone 5x platinum.

He and his label followed up with Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood that same year, on December 22nd. That too went #1 with a bullet and stayed there for three straight weeks.

Still, with all of those accomplishments, the Academy did not recognize him and Jigga (despite winning Best Rap Album for Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life, demonstrated it with his absence.

He recalls on Lebron James' talk show, "The Shop: Uninterrupted," "By the way, the first time I boycotted the Grammys was for [DMX]. We both came out that year; he didn't get nominated. 

DMX and Jay-Z were connected for years and even let others float the idea of them becoming a crew (along with Ja Rule) called Murder Inc. Jay-Z stated that DMX was super competitive against him.

In the episode, he talked about their first meeting being a rap battle. Though remembering him in respect, he contends that the X couldn't rap better than him with a laugh. Ironically, their paths would cross again, this time as labelmates on Def Jam and touring together.