Rapping is DMX's forte yet he's also inspired by artists outside of hip-hop, particularly Michael Jackson.

On Tuesday (Sept. 10), The BoomBox previewed video of the Yonkers, N.Y., native taking part in our "My First..." series, which included him recalling the first album he bought. Now we bring you his complete account, through a noteworthy video interview, of the CD that was most memorable to him.

While X, whose own album, Undisputed, is on sale now, couldn't pinpoint the exact LP he shelled out cash for, he did remember one that he possessed early on as a kid: the King of Pop's Off the Wall.

The 41-year-old MC reveals he was living in Andrews Children's Home when he owned a copy of MJ's 1979 album. "Man, I played the fucking grooves off that record," DMX tells The BoomBox.

During our talk, X shows visible sadness when thinking back to June 25, 2009, the day Jackson died. However, he quickly changes face by celebrating the pop star's talents with his own version of his famed "Billy Jean" dance. The "I Don't Dance" rapper even gives his thoughts on the lothario Michael Jackson could have been in his prime, going as far as comparing his imagined exploits to "slinging like a helicopter."

Watch DMX in "My First Album I Bought"

Videography by Pierre Verna & Kelly Mahan; Edited by Pierre Verna

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