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On his third album, DMX cements his rep as the archetypal heir to the mack-thug-spiritualist throne left vacant by 2Pac. Still, where 'Pac was the master of deft poetics, DMX is at his best when weaving excitable threads of manchild "get-minez" emotion into vivid vignettes of street hustle and bustle. On "One More Road to Cross," X graphically depicts his guns-blazing, dough-chasing sensibility in a bodega hold-up scenario set against a seething orchestral backdrop. On other standouts, like "Here We Go Again" and "Make a Move," X wends through the precarious nature of ghetto loyalty, going for self on the former, then uplifting his fam on the latter. Ghetto cinematics notwithstanding, DMX brings the ruckus for the ...
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On his third album, DMX cements his rep as the archetypal heir to the mack-thug-spiritualist throne left vacant by 2Pac. Still, where 'Pac was the master of deft poetics, DMX is at his best when weaving excitable threads of manchild "get-minez" emotion into vivid vignettes of street hustle and bustle. On "One More Road to Cross," X graphically depicts his guns-blazing, dough-chasing sensibility in a bodega hold-up scenario set against a seething orchestral backdrop. On other standouts, like "Here We Go Again" and "Make a Move," X wends through the precarious nature of ghetto loyalty, going for self on the former, then uplifting his fam on the latter. Ghetto cinematics notwithstanding, DMX brings the ruckus for the clubspot with "What's My Name," an Irv Gotti-produced banger that's swollen with volcanic beats, bass thunder, and an anthemic hook growled by the Dark Man X. X's thug pathology wouldn't be complete without a pimp-slapping affair, which he delivers on "What These B****s Want," an unlikely duet with the slightly fey Sisqo. However, like a good ruffneck, DMX takes a moment to reflect on his bad-boy bluster. The disc spirals into a genuflecting, spoken-word confessional, then moves into "Angel" (featuring R&B torch singer Regina Belle), which finds X relating his pain directly to the Man Upstairs. His intense vocals ride atop a bluesy piano, shuffling sound effects, and an insistent bottom. This slice of vulnerability amidst all the bully posing makes the album feel richer, turning it into a surprisingly cohesive effort for the holiday rap-album sweepstakes. Matt Diehl
All Music Guide - John Bush
Though it's DMX's third album in two years, ...And Then There Was X doesn't show much sign of burnout. True, it's similar to his last, which balanced new-school gangsta tracks "The Professional," "Make a Move" with a couple that question the inevitable trappings that come with success "Fame," "One More Road to Cross". And the productions by Swizz Beats, P. Killer Trackz, and Shok -- all part of Ruff Ryder Productions, Inc. -- are heavily synthesized and occasionally melodramatic, just like both of his previous albums. Even when Swizz Beats' usually reliable productions fall through, DMX brings it all back with his tough rhymes and inventive wordplay. He's still torn between the thug life and spiritual concerns even including a long prayer in the liner notes, but the most exciting tracks on ...And Then There Was X are good-time joints like "Party Up" and "What's My Name?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/1999
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731454693325
  • Catalog Number: 546933
  • Sales rank: 36,574

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Kennel (Skit) (0:36)
  2. 2 One More Road to Cross (4:20)
  3. 3 The Professional (3:35)
  4. 4 Fame (3:37)
  5. 5 Alot to Learn (Skit) (0:39)
  6. 6 Here We Go Again (3:52)
  7. 7 Party Up (Up in Here) (4:28)
  8. 8 Make a Move (3:33)
  9. 9 What These B*****S Want - Sisqó (4:13)
  10. 10 What's My Name? (3:52)
  11. 11 More 2 a Song (3:42)
  12. 12 Don't You Ever (3:48)
  13. 13 The Shakedown (Skit) (0:35)
  14. 14 D-X-L (Hard White) - Drag-On (4:21)
  15. 15 Comin' for Ya (4:02)
  16. 16 Prayer III (1:59)
  17. 17 Angel (5:07)
  18. 18 Good Girls, Bad Guys - Dyme (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DMX Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Adam Gazzola Engineer
Shok Producer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Chris Theis Engineer
Irv Gotti Producer
Cey Adams Art Direction
Swizz Beatz Producer
Dame Grease Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMX's Best Album?

    Y'all gon make me lose MY mind, up in here, up in here...I have come to the belief that this is DMX's best album, mainly because of his single, "Party Up". I like "party up", really, really like it. I think that if you get this CD, you'll be surprised that this CD doesn't do anything wrong to DMX's reputation. Not bad, for a veteran.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What u want from a nigga

    First of all I would like to say I Love DMX because he is so damn fine. I really like that song what u want from a nigga that songs got me throw some hard times while I was in high school, Hughes High School in Hughes, Ark in that small city there was a lot of girls be hating on u for no reason. These girls are so dumb they would hate on u talk to a boy that they like that some dumb stuff . I would like to say hi to my first love Jermaine Davis i will alwayz and forever love u.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UHH A HEADLINE HMMMMMM OH I KNOW, DMX!

    OH tHIS Cd is COOl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMX: Insight into a world that not many are aware of.

    The insight given to us by Earl Simmons is dark, yet light. He gives us insight into the world of a gangsta. While his lyrics are intolerable to some I enjoy his music. DMX stands for Dark Man X. His stories of what has happened in his life are in detail and not for those who can¿t handle the darker side of society. There is an amazing spirit in this man who has turned his life from the streets to the beats. He has chosen to turn from the dark to the light. It is an amazing tale played out in gunshots and blood, but it is what happens in the ghetto, through the eyes of this man. It is a dark tale that to some seems criminal, but it is really at tale of survival in the heart of the hard. He talks of mistaken identity that almost had him arrested. He talks of what would seem, the chapter in his life during which he was involved in crime, but that chapter has now closed for this amazing individual. Some shun his lyrics for the simple fact that they believe that his are stories that shouldn¿t be told, but really it is good that the stories are out, I believe. He talks of crossing the road between the dark and the light. He talks of the thirst for fame, as well as day to day life not letting up, never changing for the better when it is really what he wants, is the change to the better. Past relationships, the hunt, and also a prayer are included on this CD; it is truly an amazing CD with great lyrics, from an amazingly changed man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome CD

    DMX is the only artist that really rap I give this album 5 stars because every song is great my favorits are Whats My Name?, One More Road To Cross, What These B****** Want, & Party Up (Up In Here). You gotta buy this CD!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TIGHTEST MC ON THE MARKET TODAY!!!

    IF you can not feel what X is sayin' on this album then you should not be lstiening. This is strictly for the Ruff Ryders. Go and Cop this Joint now. This cat gets better every album he drops . The album is hot YO go get it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I think this is the best title ever!!!!!!!!!

    I gave this title 5 Stars beacuse the X is in part of what they call him so it goes good and i like how they say and then there was the X it is realy cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very good cd

    i like this cd alot.....its a good choice for a rap fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMX FAN!!!!!!

    COOL CD NICE WORK Y'ALL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IS DMX THE MAN OR WHAT? 'HELL YES'

    WHEN IT COMES TO DMX AND HIS SONGS I WILL ALWAYS GO CRAZY AND OUT OF MY MIND. I HAVE BOUGHT EVERY CD AND EVERY BOOK THAT HE HAS FEATURED IN. DMX IS THE MAN AND HE GOING TO STAY THAT WAY FOR LIFE. I LOVE YOU DMX SINCERLY APRIL SHAREE WILLIAMS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd rules belive me you will like it but there is alot of curseing

    my favorite cd the best ever you will love it but ages 10 and up (lots of cusin)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another rap garbage artist...

    DMX is wack! He can't rap! His rhymes are old and retarded. And he needs to stop talking all that mess bout EMINEM on that one track

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dmx is the best rapper on the East Coast

    All of dmx's albums have been awesome. There hasnt been one bad song on any of his albums. Dmx is one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best cd's ALL YEAR !!!!!!

    It's another tight azz cd by DMX . He's got tight new beats and if you liked his first 2 cd's you'll really this one .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Let there be no more X

    Well, I can't front, I dig that little What's My Name number,and even his newest song out, but DMX will probably never come as hard as his first album. I think this album is a replication of the others. DMX talks about two things, his dawgs and getting some... It get's old and actually, I was finished with it on the second album. I still will represent because his first album blazed the spot, but it's all downhill from here for D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    And Then There Was X

    DMX's new cd is awesome .. it has about 7 good songs on it which you dont see on other cd's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Here He goes Again

    DMX, also know as Earl Simmons is a great performer. DMX has numerous songs and albums. His song what's my name has a great meaning. The video shows how other people shouldn't rule over anyone. People in the video show emotions and curage, which everyone should have. I love his lyrics and he shows that he means what he says in his videos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMX

    DMX NEW TAPE IS HOTT!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST LIKE THE OTHER 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best ever

    I think dmx is about the best rap star this century he is the best.......................

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AND THEN THERE WAS ONE HOT MC !!!!!!

    This has to one of the greatest CD's by any rapper in a long time. The energy and passion on this CD is incredible as well as the mic skills, the likes of which has'nt been seen since the lose of The Notorious B.I.G. a few years back. If you're a DMX fan or just a rap fan in general you must cop this CD as soon as you get the chance, it is definetly not to be forgotten on your CD shopping list.

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