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

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731455822724
  • Catalog Number: 558227
  • Sales rank: 21,832

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (4:09)
  2. 2 Ruff Ryders' Anthem (3:34)
  3. 3 Fuckin' Wit' D (2:18)
  4. 4 Storm (Skit) (0:58)
  5. 5 Look Thru My Eyes (3:53)
  6. 6 Get at Me Dog - Sheek of The Lox (4:03)
  7. 7 Let Me Fly (4:12)
  8. 8 X-Is Coming (0:01)
  9. 9 Damien (3:42)
  10. 10 How's It Goin' Down (4:42)
  11. 11 Mickey (Skit) (0:24)
  12. 12 Crime Story (3:47)
  13. 13 Stop Being Greedy (3:37)
  14. 14 ATF (1:55)
  15. 15 For My Dogs - Loose (4:11)
  16. 16 I Can Feel It (4:13)
  17. 17 Prayer (Skit) (2:31)
  18. 18 The Convo (3:33)
  19. 19 Niggaz Done Started Something - The LOX (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DMX Primary Artist
Nardo Vocals
Schamika Grant Background Vocals
Jamie ? Vocals
Randy ? Vocals
Warren ? Vocals
Lovey Ford Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rich Keller Engineer
John Wydrycs Engineer
Irv Gotti Producer, Executive Producer
Lil Rob Producer
Mad Man Producer
Rajah Winn Producer
Young Lord Producer
Justice Johnson Engineer
PK Producer
Swizz Beatz Producer
Dame Grease Producer, Engineer
Patrick Viala Engineer
Waah Producer, Executive Producer
Dee Executive Producer
Kasseem Dean Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    really great debut from a really talented rap artist

    dmx is one of the most talented rappers in the game thank god he never went downhill i own all of his cds and none of them suck my favorite songs by dmx are ruff ryders anthem bloodline anthem and of course i miss you i can feel it i love all of dmxs songs peroid dmx is one really talented artist thank god hes working on his next album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fu*kin classic

    this cd is the i'llest dmx album probly top 5 rap albumz of all time x rips every track n saved rap from wack songz n shiny shirts n paints n came with the grimy sounds of the streets

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DMX Is Tight

    His Lyrics Inspire Me To Listen To Over And Over Again.Keep Doing Your Thang Bro!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE BEST RAP ALBUMS

    This is X's best album. If you like real street hiphop i advise u to pick it up. satisfaction garenteed!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS X's BEST ALBUM EVER!

    And by the looks of things, it will remain to be. ''Flesh of my Flesh...'', and ''And then there was X'' fell off crucially and just are not up to his standards!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He Knows How To Lay 'Em Down

    I love DMX's ability to rap about what it's really like. His tracks are all about where he's from and how he got to where he is now... he's a powerful rapper and he reminds me of Tupac, the only other rapper that I've ever really gotten into. This is one guy who knows how to keep it real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #1 artist, with the #1 sexyest voice

    DMX IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ARTIST, HE HAS A GREAT VOICE. A SEXY VOICE THAT JUST KILLS, HIS VOICE IS VERY POWERFUL,STRONG,SEXY,DEMANDING, AND JUST THE RIGHT VOICE FOR RAPING!! I LOVE HIS MUSIC AND SOMETIMES HIS LYRICS CAN BE SO FUNNY AT TIMES.HE IS VERY SEXY NOT HIS VOICE BUT HIS BODY TOO!! WELL, THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DMX THAT PRACTICALLY DESCRIBES HIM TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM EVER

    THIS IS THE BEST RAP CD IVE HEARD! DMX IS THE BEST! THE SONGS ARE THE TRUTH AND HE HAS THE BEST RAPPIN VOICE IVE EVER HEARD. BEST SONGS ARE #2 AND #3!! X ROCKS AND IM LOOKIN FORWARD TO GETTIN HIS OTHER 2 RELEASES!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Xman793@cs.com Destiny

    Yo,DMX is the hottest. Every since he came out he was the hottest. Not that he's the only greatest ,but the hottest. I love his lyrics. they are too true, and he is true to thy self.keep up the good work boo. it's the millenium what's next. babbbby Destiny

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