Multi-platinum producer and one-time Swizz Beatz mentor Dame Grease explained how he — along with DMX and entourage — escaped the grips of a notorious warlord while touring in Africa, in a recent interview with 247HH.

“It was the first time I realized I was an American,” he said of the incident. “I thought I was a street dude from Harlem, no. I’m an American. I’m not even black out there.”

The ordeal took place in Angola, which was the final stop of DMX’s 2005 European Tour. Soon after arriving, and interacting with the promoter, things started to feel weird. “We feel like we’re getting fattened up like turkeys,” Dame explains.

They had received an additional $30,000 up front for radio and promo, and the show went off without a hitch. Afterward, though, they were told that they were going to have to stay an additional three days. The promoter then uttered in Spanish, “If you try to leave, you’re going to have a problem.”

Dame and company then contacted the American Embassy, who set up bulletproof white Tahoes in the garage of the building they were in, and the group took advantage of a window of opportunity to load the

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