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Late Rapper DMX Appears on New Five Finger Death Punch Single 'This Is the Way'

'We have always viewed DMX as "the metalhead of hip-hop" because of his aggressive, raw, and untamed style,' Five Finger Death Punch said.

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The late New York rapper DMX made an appearance on the new Five Finger Death Punch track 'This Is The Way.'

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The late rapper DMX has a feature on the new Five Finger Death Punch single "This Is The Way," which dropped alongside a music video on Friday, April 5.

DMX's punchy verses on the slick, rhythmic radio rock track sound as lively as ever.

"The idea of collaborating with DMX had been in discussion for years, and it was a long and winding road," Five Finger Death Punch said in a social media post. "We have always viewed DMX as 'the metalhead of hip-hop' because of his aggressive, raw, and untamed style."

They added that the track "is more than just a song; it’s a salute to a legend, a way to honor DMX’s memory."

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It came out alongside the deluxe edition of the band's most recent album 'AfterLife.'

The music video was directed by DMX's friend and collaborator Hype Williams, who's also worked with artists like Tupac Shakur, Wu-Tang Clan and Jay-Z.

"This Is The Way" was released alongside the deluxe edition of Five Finger Death Punch's 2022 album AfterLife, which made it to No. 10 on the Billboard 200.

Fans were loving the new single in the comment section on YouTube.

"Phenomenal. DMX sounds amazing! Rest in Peace, DMX," one said. "This is an awesome song. And a good way to keep DMX's memory going strong," said another.

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DMX, real name Earl Simmons, emerged from Yonkers – a small city immediately north of New York City.

His first album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot came out in 1998 and quickly made it to the top of the Billboard 200. DMX managed to repeat that feat with his next four studio albums. All of the rapper's first five releases have been certified platinum in the U.S.

He was best known for rowdy singles like "Ruff Ryders' Anthem," "X Gon' Give It To Ya" and "Where The Hood At."

DMX struggled with addiction from a young age. He died in April 2021 at age 50 after a drug overdose triggered a fatal heart attack.

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DMX died in 2021 at age 50 from a heart attack caused by a drug overdose.

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Five Finger Death Punch is mostly an arena rock band these days, but frontman Ivan Moody's career started with the rap-tinged nu metal band Motograter.

The act was defined by its elaborate costumes and use of the titular instrument, a giant amped up metal cable that was whacked with a mallet.

Five Finger Death Punch will embark on a North American tour later this year with support from Marilyn Manson and Slaughter to Prevail.

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Five Finger Death Punch is touring North America later this year with support from Marilyn Manson and Slaughter to Prevail.

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Check out a full list of the upcoming dates below:

Aug. 02 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

Aug. 05 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Aug. 07 – Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Centre

Aug. 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Aug. 10 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amp

Aug. 13 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Amp

Aug. 14 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Aug. 16 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

Aug. 19 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

Aug. 21 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center

Aug. 22 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Aug. 24 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre (No Manson)

Aug. 27 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Aug. 29 – Airway Heights, WA – NorthQuest

Aug. 31 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amp

Sep. 03 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater

Sep. 04 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amp

Sep. 06 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center

Sep. 08 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden

Sep. 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resorts Amp

Sep. 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre

Sep. 13 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theater

Sep. 15 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre

Sep. 16 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum

Sep. 18 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Sep. 19 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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