Like pretty much every major hip-hop single these days, Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Otis” has been “freestyled” over by a shitload of rappers trying to showcase that they, perhaps, are better suited for the beat. They have mostly been tag-team match raps, much like the original, that’s seen the likes of Jadakiss and Styles P, Heltah Skeltah, and now Busta Rhymes and a fresh-out-of-jail DMX spitting over the Otis Redding loop. Now, we’re usually not down to post these types of tracks because, many times, they’re throwaways, one-offs, and made for cheap publicity. But as I indicated, DMX did just get out of jail like two weeks ago and this is the first time we’re hearing him rap since his release. Surprisingly (unsurprisingly) he sounds exactly like he did before serving his sentence, meaning he’s still super angry, aggressive, and intimidating. Fancy that.
You can stream his and Busta’s “Otis” freestyle below.