It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

by DMX
     
 

Just as rap music was reaching its toughest, darkest, grimmest period yet, following the assassinations of 2Pac and Biggie in the late '90s, along came DMX and his fellow Ruff Ryders, who embodied the essence of inner-city machismo to a tee, as showcased throughout theSee more details below

Overview

Just as rap music was reaching its toughest, darkest, grimmest period yet, following the assassinations of 2Pac and Biggie in the late '90s, along came DMX and his fellow Ruff Ryders, who embodied the essence of inner-city machismo to a tee, as showcased throughout the tellingly titled It's Dark and Hell Is Hot. Unlike so many other hardcore rappers who are more rhetorical than physical, DMX commands an aggressive aura without even speaking a word. He showcases his chiseled physique on the arresting album cover and trumpets his animalistic nature with frequent barking, growling, and snarling throughout the album. He also collaborates with muscular producers Swizz Beatz and Dame Grease, who specialize in slamming synth-driven beats rather than sample-driven ones. Further unlike so many other hardcore rappers from the time, DMX is meaningful as well as symbolic. He professes an ideology that stresses the inner world -- characterized by such qualities as survival, wisdom, strength, respect, and faith -- rather than the material one that infatuates most rappers of his time. It helpes that his album includes a few mammoth highlights ("Ruff Ryders' Anthem," "Get at Me Dog," "Let Me Fly," and "I Can Feel It") as well as a light, mid-album diversion ("How's It Goin' Down"). The long running length of It's Dark and Hell Is Hot does wear you down after a while, since nearly every song here sans "How's It Goin' Down" hits hard and maintains the album's deadly serious attitude. Even so, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is a tremendous debut, laying out DMX's complex persona with candor, from his faith in God to his fixation with canine motifs, and doing so with dramatic flair. [The clean versions edits all moments of profanity.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0731455822328
catalogNumber:
558223

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Performance Credits

DMX   Primary Artist
Warren   Vocals,Background Vocals
Clifford Branch   Keyboards
Irv Gotti   Track Performer
Nardo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Schamika Grant   Background Vocals
Jamie ?   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy ?   Vocals
Lovey Ford   Background Vocals
Big Stan   Track Performer
Jamie   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rich Keller   Engineer
John Wydrycs   Engineer
Irv Gotti   Producer,Executive Producer
Jonathan Mannion   Art Direction
Lil Rob   Producer
Mad Man   Producer
Rajah Winn   Producer
Young Lord   Producer
Justice Johnson   Engineer
PK   Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Grease   Producer,Engineer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
Waah   Producer,Executive Producer
Dee   Executive Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer

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