7Mar/096

S-P-E-L-L-B-O-U-N-D: K-Solo vs DMX

Today, I will breakdown the beef between K-Solo & DMX over who originated the “Spellbound” style. It all started in the late 80’s when K-Solo & DMX served their jail time. DMX & K-Solo supposedly were friends and battled each other one-time during a 60-minute break. I heard rumors that K-Solo was stunned by DMX style and talked to DMX after the battle. In 1990, K-Solo released his breakdown hit “Spellbound.” About a year later, DMX appeared in the unsigned hype column of The Source which you can see above. He claimed that K-Solo had stole his style and that he was the real author of “Spellbound.” Right after that, DMX decided to release his own basement version of “Spellbound.” A trivia fact is that he is known to have won a few spelling bees when he was a kid.
I don’t think K-Solo really cared about DMX’s version as he never replied until 2001. For the second installment of the Beef DVD series, K-Solo took a lie detector test to prove that he was the original writer of “Spellbound.” He passed the whole test except one question which was just doubtful when he was asked if DMX co-wrote “Spellbound.” DMX never really used that style after he recorded his version of Spellbound but years later he became a multi-platinum selling artist while K-Solo never really made an impact after his second solo album “Time’s Up”. Did DMX try to gain fame by using the spellbound style? We will never know… I just suggest that you listen to both versions and decide for yourself

K-Solo – Spellbound (1990)

DMX The Great – Spellbound (The Original) (1991?)


DMX Unsigned Hype Article appears courtesy of THIMK

— Thomas V

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6 Responses to “S-P-E-L-L-B-O-U-N-D: K-Solo vs DMX”

  1. Robbie says:

    From the K-Solo interview in the new HHC mag:

    "Me an DMX were never friends. He was just somebody that I battled, and when I battled him and beat him, I beat him with 'Spellboun' and he really didn't like it. Now, I could relate to him saying he wrote 'Tales From The Crack Side'…"

  2. Nick says:

    WTF? This is so confusing, and honestly trivial. K-Solo did it first, so therefore, it's his. DMX had a longer more fruitful career, so he wins ultimately. And where is K-Solo now?

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