By Annie Schoening
I patiently waited for DMX among a small crowd that had gathered outside the “RapFix Live” studio for a glimpse of the performer, who was interviewing with Sway on Wednesday. When Mr. X emerged from the green room, he was in a playful mood.
“Will you take a picture with me, Mr. X?” I asked. “I am a GIANT fan. Really.” I had even written an open letter to him on my blog in 2008! I wanted to shout, “Sign my blog!” but the Internet has yet to invent a way to do this.
DMX then looked at me with a slow, quiet smile and said: “You are… You are… Can I pinch your cheeks?”
I laughed, a little surprised, and said yes. This is not something you say no to. He grasped the flesh underneath my eyeglasses with both hands. Who knew DMX was such a bubbe, wanting to pinch cheeks like a grandmother? Then we hugged like old friends as a consort snapped away. I finally let go of his dark, wool jacket emblazoned with “Champion” on the back and stood aside for the others.
Another fan asked him to sign DMX’s yearbook, somehow procured on the Internet, which prompted the rapper to ask him: “What was the second line from my first track ever?” The fan stumbled and couldn’t remember, but the charismatic “I Don’t Dance” singer laughed it off and the playful exchange delighted everyone watching. He was very gracious to everyone, which I knew he would be.
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Have you ever wanted to ask Rick Ross exactly what type of cream he uses to shave his head? Or maybe, how he keeps that signature beard so thick and well-groomed? Have you ever wanted to chat him up about his favorite pair of vintage Cazal sunglasses? Perhaps you have some real questions about how he parlayed his laid-back flow and easy cool to become one of the hardest lyricists in the game. On Friday at 1 p.m. ET, fans will have the chance ask Ross all of their questions directly during the first-ever edition of “RapFix Live,” a live-stream series.
Ross will take questions instantly from a live Twitter feed and fans will be able to watch an unedited, real-time interview with the hip-hop heavyweight. The discussion will be moderated by reporters, but the conversation is really in the hands of the fans. In addition to the live-stream series, hip-hop fans will be able to satisfy all of their music needs with the official launch of RapFix blog.
Ross has already established himself as a major Web force with mixtapes like his The Albert Anastasia EP, which is packed with street hits, including “Blowin’ Money Fast (B.M.F.)” and “MC Hammer.” And earlier this year, Ross told reporters that he always keeps his Net following in mind and would continue to create his popular online-only videos saying, “You know we’ll never stop releasing those black-and-whites, those virals.”
With the “RapFix Live” stream, Ross fans, whose main access to the star was via those black-and-white visuals and lyrically potent mixtapes, can chop it up with the MC in a very accessible yet unique viral capacity. The Ross event will kick off a new series of live streams featuring some of the biggest artists in hip-hop today. Hip-hop heads will have the opportunity to have live conversations with the rappers who are changing the game.
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