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DMX just scored his first posthumous No.1 hit

A photo of legendary rapper DMX performing live in 2014.
DMX. (Shutterstock/HurricaneHank)

DMX has just scored his first-ever posthumous No. 1 hit courtesy of a surprising collaboration with heavy metal superstars Five Finger Death Punch.

Earlier this month, FFDP released a deluxe edition of their 2022 album "AfterLife," which includes a track titled "This Is the Way" featuring DMX.

The song is a mash-up of the band's own “Judgement Day” and X’s 2009 hit “The Way It’s Gonna Be.”

On Thursday, Forbes reported that the collaboration had debuted atop Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart after moving 1,546 units.

In an Instagram post, FFDP dedicated the No. 1 placing to X, who passed away in 2021.

"We are honored to announce that ‘This Is The Way’ feat. DMX has hit number one on the Hard Rock Billboard digital sales chart!" the band wrote.

"This is our 17th [No. 1] on this chart, our 35th top 10 and our 43rd placement overall on the list. This is first number 1 for our lost brother DMX," they said.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time, DMX died on April 9, 2021 from a cocaine-induced heart attack.

During a recent interview with Loudwire Nights, FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory explained how the band's collaboration with the late rapper came about.

“I was always a fan,” Bathory said. “Ivan [Moody] loves DMX, so there was always a conversation where we’re like, ‘How cool would it be if we could work with DMX.'”

“Eventually we got an opportunity with some of his master recordings,” he added. “We got a green light on that — we can use these verses, these lyrics. So we had the masters and we basically reverse-engineered it."

"There was music under it, we took off the music and wrote new music and then sort of melded it with our style," he said.

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