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It's Dark & Hell Is Hot [Explicit Lyrics]

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Menacing, muscular and magnetic, DMX has been hard-core rap's unrivaled top dog. After the deaths of icons 2Pac and Biggie, when rap was threatening to go soft--DMX's uncompromising intensity and street cred kept hard core hard. With the expected 2010 release of two new albums, The Best Of DMX (Island Def Jam/UMe), released January 26, 2010, collects 19 of his best tracks from 1998 ... Read more in Amazon's DMX Store

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: May 19, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B000006O62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Ruff Ryders' Anthem
3. Fuckin' Wit' D
4. The Storm (Skit)
5. Look Thru My Eyes
6. Get At Me Dog
7. Let Me Fly
8. X-Is Coming
9. Damien
10. How's It Goin' Down
11. Mickey (Skit)
12. Crime Story
13. Stop Being Greedy
14. ATF
15. For My Dogs
16. I Can Feel It
17. Prayer (Skit)
18. The Convo
19. Niggaz Done Started Something

Editorial Reviews

Watching DMX--baldheaded and shirtless, tattooed and musclebound--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-fueled, 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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DMX - An Instant Classic August 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The first time I picked this CD up was at my friends house over 2 years' ago. I'd never even heard of DMX, but I wanted to give it a chance, like I give all music. That night I walked out a changed guy. Later that week I made a stop at the store and picked up the best CD I ever bought. Every track is a masterpiece, from the intro, to the finely tuned skits. One by one, Earl Simmons created a conditioned work of art that cannot be topped. The "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" is an urban classic, with a raw sound and beat that still bangs in parties and clubs today. Another hit, "Get At Me Dog" is another rough, and urban sound, which can get anyone's adrenaline soaring. Important messages are detailed throughout songs such as "Damien", which has some of the most well constructed lyrics I've ever come accross. Other tracks such as "Stop Being Greedy" and "ATF" relect on DMX's past street life, which can grab your attention and never let go. Softer cuts such as "How's It Goin' Down", "The Convo", and the infamous "Prayer" show DMX's softer side, and take away some of the anger and angst that is heard throughout all of the other tracks. This will forever remain a classic in the hip hop industry. It re-opened numerous doors for the east coast rap business, and hip-hop in general. This is one disc you cannot be without - satisfaction guaranteed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DMX's First Album Was His Best Album April 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
DMX came on the scene in 1998 with his first album "It's Dark and Hell is Hot". This album still remains one of my favorite hardcore rap albums of all time. DMX came out straight grimey on this one, dropping extreme rhymes over some gritty production. During the same year X dropped "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" (which is a great album, but it doesn't quite measure up to this one), "And Then There Was X" in 1999, "The Great Depression" in 2001, and "Grand Champ" in 2003 (by far his worst album to date). Darkman X started to slip after "FOMFBOMB" but never completely fell off. "Here We Go Again" is scheduled to drop sometime in the next 10 years, but an exact release date is uncertain. However, this album remains his best to date, and hasn't been topped by X yet.

The album starts off with an intro. The next track is the widely known "Ruff Ryders Anthem". "Stop, drop, shut em down open up shop, ohhhh, noooo, that's how Ruff Ryders rooollll" When you hear this song you just gotta sing along to it. What more can I say about it? "F*ckin Wit D'" brings X's energy out to the fullest, especially on the hook. If this song doesn't get you hype I don't know what will. His rugged voice matching with his energetic flow is crazy on this one. "Look Thru My Eyes" is a track about why he does what he does. He's telling you to look at where he came from, and see if you wouldn't be exactly like him. "Get At Me Dog" is all about being a killer. "Let Me Fly" is one of the best tracks on here (honestly that doesn't really say much considering most of these tracks are great). It's more of an introspective track, and the chorus is stellar. I found this on repeat often. "X Is Coming" is just straight grimey. The beat is dark and creepy, and X provides some extremely hardcore lyrics.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has one thing his other albums don't have--VARIETY March 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can definitely call this album a classic because it shows his versatility ("Stop Being Greedy" and "Damien" finds him rapping in different voices, while "How's It Going Down" is a successful joint for the ladies), his religious manner without being too preachy ("Let Me Fly"), and his energy, of course ("Ruff Ryders Anthem", "Get at Me Dog", "F'n Wit D" and "N'z Done Started Something"). On the latter song, Mase and The Lox guest starred on there to show everyone that they weren't no shiny suit rappers from Bad Boy. DMX also tells good stories on "ATF" and "Crime Story". On every album following this one, all of his songs have too many "What?"'s and "Come On!"'s, too many Swizz beats that derived from Casio, and too many songs that sound like rejects from this album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dmx da greatest November 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
All I have to say is Dmx is the greatest and this cd is awesome. All of yall out there that hate Dmx are just stupid. X's voice is incredible. I love it. No matter what anyone says I will always love Dmx's music and if anyone wants to listen to some real rap you need to go out and buy this cd eventhough it is a little old. You won't be able to stop playing it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent debut album... January 7, 2003
By Karl
Format:Audio CD
So, I've heard noise about DMX for a little while now, but I didn't pay any real attention to him until LL's "4,3,2,1." Even with the LL-Canibus backstory, I think I liked his verse the best.
"Believe what I tell ya
Don't make me put ya somewhere
where nobody can smell ya"
It was definitely a different style, if nothing else. Since then, he's shown up quite a bit, releasing "Get At Me Dog" and "Stop Being Greedy," both very in-ya-face, hardcore and quite nice. Now, he's finally dropped his album, aptly titled It's Dark and Hell is Hot.
I think my biggest fear was that his little "arf, arf" barking would wear thin quickly, and then we'd find out that there was nothing else to him. Mind you, there was no fear that he wouldn't be able to make bank. DMX posters are all over the place; he's plugged into the hype machine in a serious way. He'll make money for Def Jam, no doubt.
Of course this is a double-edged sword. Like Snoop, he risks being overhyped. If expectations are too high, he'll disappoint the headz regardless of the quality of his effort. Also, let's face it: if the underground decides he's too commerical, they'll run away in droves. It won't affect this month's paycheck, but it might affect next year's when he's no longer MTV's current flash, and he'll find he has no core audience.
Anyway, I'm here to report that there's more to DMX that an occassional bark, and loud production. DMX has some serious lyrical skill and a very nice flow. This is a solid album, with only a few weak tracks. There's a hint of real talent here, and even at its weakest, It's Dark and Hell is Hot has a lot of energy and lyrical niceitivity.
All is not perfect, though. There are at least two problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 hours ago by Lily Schoen
4.0 out of 5 stars DMX It's Dark and Hell is Hot
DMX's debut album lit the rap game on fire. And he didn't stop there. DMX in my opinion for a while there he was undeniably the most gritty, rapper in the rap game. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars DMX It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
It's DMX. He Rocks! Product was received in great condition. Album is awesome! Just as good as it was when it first came out back in the day.
Published 6 months ago by Kelly L Espy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Got these for my son and as I am also a fan of DMX they are very cool. They look so nice you hate to use them! A must for any DMX fan for sure!!!
Published 6 months ago by Marcy Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop , drop, shut em down open up shop.
Dix put in his work with this album here. He, was really a monster here, this is when ruff riders was making a mark.
Published 7 months ago by Iakoka
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
Classic X. His first album you got to respect a legend and buy this. First album he made that got him big. MUST BUY!!
Published 7 months ago by Mushek Hovhannesian
3.0 out of 5 stars GOLD Vinyl elevates DMX to ART
Being the 1st musical artist in history to release five consecutive albums and one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of all time, DMX has an admirable musical trajectory. Read more
Published 7 months ago by uni aum Entertainment
5.0 out of 5 stars great
finally able to get this cd at a reasonable price, I have been looking everywhere for it for quite a while now
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Unhappy with delivery time
It took more than three weeks for me to get my cd considering to start ordering from other places that can get my cds on time
Published 9 months ago by Steve Holguin
5.0 out of 5 stars GET AT ME DOG
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Pauline ATL
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