DMX has had a long public battle with drug addiction, and the rapper says it dates back to his teenage years.

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“I was in Yonkers. This guy, ‘Ready Ron,’ he was like an older brother to me,” DMX told Talib Kweli on his People’s Party podcast.

“He would rap, and I would do the beatbox,” DMX said. “I loved this guy like an older brother.”


The pair did a robbery on his birthday and Ron returned with a celebratory blunt after the job. The veteran rapper emotionally continued, “I hit the blunt and … I was no longer focused on the money. I’ve never felt like this, it just f–ked me up. I later found out that he laced the blunt with crack. Why would you do that to a child? He knew I looked up to him. Why would you do that to somebody who looks up to you? A monster was born. I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy. Especially to someone that you supposedly love.”

X learned quickly, “The person that I loved was a snake.”

Check out the emotional clip below: