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Dmx:Its Dark & Hell [Original recording remastered, Explicit Lyrics]

Dmx Audio CD
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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars RAW-A$$ ALBUM!!!!!!! July 12 2004
By I.A.K.
Format:Audio CD
MAN, TUPAC IS MY FAVORITE RAPPER PERIOD. MY SECOND FAVORITE RAPPER OF ALL TIME AFTER HIM IS NONE OTHER THEN DMX. NOW ADAYS IN THE RAP GAME, MCS ARE RAPPIN ABOUT NOTHIN...BUT NOT PAC AND DMX. THEY KEEP IT REAL AND ACTUALLY HAVE PRETTY DEEP MESSAGES. IN BEING DMX'S FIRST CD, HE COULDN'T HAVE CAME OUT ANY RAWER THAN HE DID!!! MAN, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CD'S I'VE EVER HEARD, PERIOD!!! I WOULD RATE IT AMONG THE TOP 3 RAP ALBUMS ALL-TIME!!! NOT ONLY ARE HIS LYRICS RAW AND DEEP, HE HAS A TIGHT FLOW, AND THE BEATS TO ALL, THATZ RIGHT, ALL THE SONGS ARE RAW. THAT BEING SAID, IT'S A SHAME THAT DMX IS UNDERRATED AND THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED ALBUMS, AS PEOPLE DON'T SEE THIS AS A CLASSIC. IN MY OPINION, IT'S RIGHT UP THERE WITH JAY-Z'S REASONABLE DOUBT, TUPAC'S 2PACALYPSE NOW, AND BIGGIE'S READY TO DIE. IF YOUR A TRUE RAP FAN, YOU'RE GONNA LOVE THIS CD. FROM THE INTRO TO THE END, THIS CD IS RAW. EVEN THE SKITS ARE EXCEPTIONAL AND ACTUALLY HAVE MEANING TO THE ALBUM. IN MY OPINION, THIS IS DMX'S BEST CD, ALTHOUGH SOME COULD ARGUE THAT. HERE ARE MY RATINGS, 1 BEING HIGHEST, TO 5, PLACING HIS FIVE ALBUMS(ALTHOUGH I THINK ALL OF THEM WERE RAW!!)1.IT'S DARK AND HELL IS HOT; 2.AND THEN THERE WAS X; 3.FLESH OF MY FLESH BLOOD OF MY BLOOD; 4.GRAND CHAMP; 5.GREAT DEPRESSION. THIS RATING IS FOR DMX ALBUMS. ALL OF HIS ALBUMS ARE GREAT, BUT I LOVE HIS FIRST THE MOST!!! GO COP THIS IF YOU ALREADY HAVEN'T!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars hardcore slice of X March 20 2004
By J DUB
Format:Audio CD
"It's Dark and Hell is Hot" is not just a great album because DMX is one of the sickest rappers of all time. It was great because it came at a time when rap needed someone like DMX. Will Smith's "Big Willie Style" was one of the hottest albums in late 1997/early 1998,which tells you that there wasn't really anything with too much substance back then. The game was dominated by "rappers in shiny suits" such as Smith and Puff Daddy when X burst onto the scene and began his domination of rap.
This album is dark, this album is hot, this album is dead serious. DMX doesn't once sell out or go soft. There are exactly two songs with radio friendly beats, "Ruff Ryders Anthem" and "Get at Me Dog," and while their beats are friendly, their lyrics certainly aren't. The music video for "Get at Me Dog" was never aired on MTV because the lyrics were considered too hardcore. It was said that MTV personell tried to explain to X that if he would just change the lyrics a bit he could have more of a crossover hit and gain a lot of white suburban fans. X refused because he raps for his people only.
The beats on "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" (save for those on "How's It Goin Down" and "Crime Story")are very east coast and give you the setting of an empty industrial street with a monster lurking in the shadows, staying hardcore and maintaining the feeling of fear and darkness. This album also has its share of heavy bass to blow up your speakers, such as "Ruff Ryders Anthem", "Get at Me Dog", and "Ni*gaz Done Started Somethin." What really makes this album great, however, is the lyrics.
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From the second I pumped this cd in my 50 dollar cd player I knew it was worthy of somethin bigger and better. I literally ran downstairs to put it on the BIG SYSTEM, and I lost myself in his ferocious untaking of an album. DMX is from yonkers which is a well known fact, but a lesser known truth is that he was orphaned at a boarding school by his family. He had to struggle and learn to be a man from his grandmother (which he dedicated a song too "miss u"), and his poetry tells a bleak and dark story of the many obstacles in his daily life that we would have no clue about if not for this vivid portrayl in a TRUE THUG's LIFE. The gritty, dark/light, struggle to find himself, god, and purpose all colide on this debut BARK into the mainstream hip - hop, mass produced, sound alike cats makin garbage after garbage track, and cd's. Not since tupac had someone come up with such intensity or confliction that DMX carried on his shoulder so proudly with a sea of destructuion that he brought to anyone who challenge his underground reign. Hip hop dont get no dirtyer, or grimeyer than this offering, and DAMIEN is the track to prove that amongst the ripped torso's and glock blastin, he did look to eaither side of the copper coin to see which way his actions would push his life. Best rap album to date, and obviously the hardest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hardest Rapper in the Game Dec 2 2003
By Money
Format:Audio CD
A lot of rappers claim to be hard in this rap game. Earl Simmons a.k.a. DMX doesnt have to say that he is hard or that he is a gangster. The way he acts and his life says it all. Its Dark and Hell is hot is his first and best cd of the five. The beats, lyrics, and everything about it is genious.
The thing I love about X and his music is the passion in it. He has gone through a lot as a person and you can tell. His music is filled with anger, sadness, happiness, and prayer. Growing up in the projects in yonkers and going in and out of jail has made him the man he is today. A lot of people in the industry just rap about things that they havent been through or seen. X just tells the truth and his life. Thats being real.
You dont ever have to fast foward through any song on this cd. Every track is good. Here is a list of the tracks.
1. Intro- This is the intro into the cd. The beat is very dark.
2. Ruff Ryders anthem- This was the second single of the album. This song introduced him to the world out of New York. This was the summer jam of 1997.
3. F*ckin wit D- Not one of the best songs on the cd but a good one.
4. Storm (Skit)-Two guys talking about how DMX was robbing people.
5. Look thru my eyes-My personal favorite song on the cd. Very passionate song.
6. Get at me dog-1st single of the cd. Very big song in New York. Fist song that X started barking on songs.
7. Let me Fly-Another great song filled with emotion.
8. X is coming-Dark song with a really hard beat.
9. Damien-Another Great song. Conversation with himself and his inner demons.
10. Hows it going down-Kind of a slow r&b song. But it is still a great song.
11. Mickey (skit)
12. Crime Story-Good song with kind of a jamican style beat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First and still the best
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 6 months ago by tbettz
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST X ALBUM!!
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 more
Published on Jan. 30 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
5.0 out of 5 stars D-M-X!! RYDE OR DIE!
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 more
Published on July 11 2004 by Samuel de Leon
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
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 nice
Published on June 26 2004 by Nadir Durrani
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorite Rappers Of All Time
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 more
Published on May 31 2004 by Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST DEBUT ALBUMS
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 more
Published on May 2 2004 by music/moviefan03
5.0 out of 5 stars Ha So Many Haters
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 more
Published on April 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars X is King
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
4.0 out of 5 stars DMX Debut album from 1998
Here is the song by song review of DMXs debut Album
2.Ruff Ryders Anthem-His Best song just Raw 10/10
3.F-Wit D-Okay has his Raw style 8/10
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Published on March 28 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars DMX's best album
Hey All! This is by far DMX's best album. It has everything you can ask for when it comes to rap. He's humble and gritty, and everything in between which makes this a classic... Read more
Published on March 20 2004
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