DMX speaking to Ventura County Star Newspaper (via Crackspace):
"You know, there's talented rappers everywhere, and one West Coast rapper who I like and respect is Game, because to me, he has a New York style. But I don't like a lot of West Coast rappers. West Coast rap is too laid back, too focused on marijuana with all the blunts and lowriders. There's nothing honest. There's no trouble in it, you know? There's no hardship in it. Everyone in L.A. that raps has a lowrider and a fat blunt. Back here in New York, we're still walkin' and still smokin' dirt, you know? There's no hardship in their rap, there's nothin' to make you say, 'I can relate to that.'"
Where did this come from?
Not for nothin, a bunch of classic shit came from out of the West Coast. That's just one region you can't discredit. I respect the West for what they did; they were putting out some real music back in the days. Who can forget Snoop with his "Jin and Juice," N.W.A, "No Vaseline," and "I Got Five on It" (to name a very, very few)? Maaaaaaaan listen. I wouldn't mind another West Coast comeback.
But, I guess when you get tired of handing out free dictionaries for Southerners copping Illmatic, you want pull down your pants and shit on something else for a change. However, these comments were outlandish, irrelevant, and from way over in left field. He must've been on that shit during that interview. Don't pay him no mind.
But still, I ask, where did he get this from?