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The Great Depression Explicit Lyrics

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GREAT DEPRESSION

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Despite the overwrought production and excessive use of trite catch phrases that typifies the output of today's corporate rap elite, Dark Man's innate raw power can't be masked. Had he fallen off, The Great Depression would be considered an amazing comeback, but since X's reputation is intact and it's hip-hop as a genre that's floundering, the album serves as an antidote to the flood of insipid hip-hop/R&B combinations and "Oochie Wally"-isms that clog the airwaves. Standout tracks include the riot-inducing "Who We Be" and the dead-on "Shorty Was Da Bomb." Even the lesser tunes are dope. On first listen, Depression's most accessible song, "We Right Here," comes off as mindless radio fodder, but its blunt chorus quickly grows on you. The album's centerpiece, "I Miss You," is a genuinely personal composition built around a universal theme. Here, DMX's lyrics and delivery invite the same favorable comparisons to Tupac Shakur that he received earlier in his career. --Rebecca Levine
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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B00005O6IR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Johnson on January 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I brought DMX's "The Great Depression" back when it was first released.But with the exceptions of the ruffneck anthem "School Street" and the amped-up singles "Who We Be" and "We Right Here",
I didn't really play this album much.It wasn't that I disliked
the X man's lastest effort but I don't know...I guess,it didn't move me much.
Fast forward,three months later,"The Great Depression" gets more and more love with each listen.
I'm really feeling the sincere "I Miss You"(featuring Faith Evans),a tribute to DMX's late grandmother,Mary Ellis Holloway now that I saw the video.I really like the fact that super-macho X gets sentimental and lets his true feelings flow.That's rare in the tough guy creditibility-obessed world of hip hop and I respect X for doing that.
But,let's get things straight,all of "Great Depession" isn't a weepy affair.
The cautionary sex tale "Shorty's Was The Bomb" and rocked out
"Bloodline Anthem" are among the strongest cuts here as well as
Stephanie Mills-featured '70s-inspired "When I'm Nothing" and
the scary-sounding horror movie-like narrative "Damien III".
And you can't have a DMX album without his "Prayer" installment.
And "Depression" has one a deep,thoughtful one just like the
previous three did.
Now I can't front,back when X was emerging as a star with his first two 1998 albums("It's Dark And Hell Is Hot" and "Flesh Of My Flesh,Blood Of My Blood"),I wasn't exactly a DMX fan.
I thought of him,as a hollering 2Pac clone but one day in 1999
after seeing him do a MTV interview,my opinion shifted.The same guy that I believed to be a low-intellect Pac was actually a enigmatic,intellegent,thoughtful man who trying to pick up the pieces of his life.Deep stuff.
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I first heard DMX rap on a track with Mic Geronimo and Black Rob. It was a remix for Mic Geronimo's song called "Nothin' Move But The Money". Then out of nowhere I started hearing him on various tracks: Mase's "24 Hours To Live" with the LOX, The LOX's "Money, Power & Respect", and on LL Cool J's "4,3,2,1". Once I heard DMX's "Get At Me Dog", I knew that he had unlimited potential. His solo debut CD, "It's Dark And Hell Is Hot" was released and the CD got a resurgence once the 3rd single, the Swizz Beats produced, "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" was released. That song alone put DMX on the map for good. "It's Dark..." became a classic and I enjoyed the way that the CD flowed well together with my favorite songs being "Get At Me Dog", "How's It Going Down", "Crime Story", "Let Me Fly" and "Ruff Ryders' Anthem". Then to top this off, 6 months later DMX dropped his 2nd CD, "Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood". The 1st single was "Slippin" and that song was a good choice for the 1st single and was definitely one of my favorites from this CD. While the CD had its bright spots you could tell that the CD was rushed and the tracks were more commercial in some senses than his debut was. However, the CD should still be in your collection because of songs like "Ain't No Way", "We Don't Give A ____" w/Styles from The LOX, "No Love For Me" w/Drag-On and one of the best posse cuts of all time with the LOX, Jay Z and DMX called "Blackout". This will probably be the first and the last time that you will ever see this collaboration and the track is still hot in the year 2001. His 3rd CD, "...Read more ›
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DMX has been my favorite rapper for a long time. I like all of his albums. The only album that isn't that great is Flesh of my Flesh Blood of my Blood, that one is only ok. But Its Dark And Hell Is Hot, And Then There Was X.., and The Great Depression all kick... And Then There Was X was like all of his albums, gangsta, but not as gangsta as the first two and this one. the Great Depression bring back DMXs dark grimey gangst hip hop skills from his first album and parts of his second one. This album has no real bad songs. My favorites are School Street, Trina Moe, We Right Here, Bloodline Anthem and Damien III. I'm really glad he carried on the damien seris, because that is somthing I misssed on his last album, I think Damien 3 is the best song in the Damien seris(Damien, The Omen, Damien 3). Well all I can say is that this album is... awsome and you shouldn't be sitting reading this, you should be buying it.
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By A Customer on November 7, 2001
Format: Vinyl
Highly addictive but not from the first time! Being a hardcore fan of good hiphop it's all that can be expected by Earl Simmons aka DMX, it all started on how he got himself of the streets and into stardom and now with two major films under his belt it seems there is no stopping the DarkMan. This album will not bring back memories of his masterpieces from the previous album, this one is all about his richies, dissing of other rappers who can't mc and all the ladies he has (...) in recent times... i bet you're thinking - we've heard it all before...- you haven't not like this.! DMX's manipulation of words adds his signature to all of the tracks, just try listening to track 3 "who we be" and resist going "ey yoooo" everytime he says it. The dangers of having sex without a condom in track 7 "shorty was the bomb" and even the mellow song reminiscing about his love for his grandma in track 10 "i miss you" featuring the ever so lovely Faith Evans.
Though it's a hard album which is what we always expect, maybe DMX could do without his new prodigees "Bloodline" , he overshadows all of them, they can't hold it down, infact everytime he shouts bloodline i just cover my ears. Where's Drag-on or Eve or any of the Ruff Ryders family? I highly doubt that "bloodline" can step in Darkman's shoes.
A good listen and definetly a good buy. Is it time for a Greatest Hits album and a movie career for Dmx? It just might be!
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