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Import edition of the East Coast rapper's 1998 album includes one bonus track, 'Ruff Ryders' Anthem' (live). 20 tracks in all. Universal.
Watching DMX-bald-headed and shirtless, tattooed and muscle-bound--as he simultaneously goes platinum and gets arrested on rape charges (both of which occurred within weeks of this album's release), one can easily see the Yonkers, New York, rapper as a Tupac in training. And he's certainly no stranger to dumb thuggery on his much-anticipated debut. But unlike Tupac, who tempered hard-core beatdowns with party pick-me-ups, DMX is strictly business, part of a street reaction against the Puff Daddy-fuelled, late-1990s slew of lightweight pop-rap crossovers. With a name too true for its own good, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot could occasionally use a cool breeze of levity. That said, the record is not without merit; despite the album's largely standard-issue beats and rhymes, both DMX's forceful voice and solid production have moments of greatness. At times DMX even manages to squeeze memorable hooks out of this otherwise claustrophobic release. --Roni Sarig --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Idk why but I don't own any albums of his but I listened to his music , not much to say but it's a solid album from start to finish.Published 2 months ago by Kratos
His first album and in my opinion, still the best of his entire discography. I find this is the only album that he's released that you can listen to without skipping any tracks.Published 21 months ago by tbettz
This is the first and by far the best DMX album ever. I have all of them and all of them are good but this blows them all away hands down. Let Me Fly is the best song on the album. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
DMX! To me gotz to b considered one of the best. I know many people will disagree but i will put up a fight. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Samuel de Leon
This album hit the mark of DMX... But its not good as flesh of my flesh i dont know its my opinion though. over all awesome cd. the last track is just to nicePublished on June 26 2004 by Nadir Durrani
X's first cd, and after listening to it there is no wonder that he went platinum, a mixture of hard hitting yet insightful lyrics with a gutteral delivery and charisma that is rare... Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Clay
This album has got to be one of the best debut albums by any artist in the last 10 years. DMX gives you a very street, gritty, and dark album with this debut. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by music/moviefan03
With the New album "Grand Champ" it is evident that he is not the "grand champ" but it is always good to look back on his debut. Read morePublished on April 27 2004
X takes it to the streets like no other rapper in this album. I would have to say this is my favorite rap album.Published on April 23 2004