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It's Dark & Hell Is Hot Original recording remastered, Explicit Lyrics
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
13.Read more ›
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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 10 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 on March 6 2014 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