It's Dark and Hell Is Hot [Germany Bonus Track] [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. [The German bonus track version adds a live rendition of "Ruff Ryders' Anthem."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731454243728
  • Catalog Number: 542437
  • Sales rank: 78,026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (4:09)
  2. 2 Ruff Ryders' Anthem (3:34)
  3. 3 Fuckin' Wit' D (2:18)
  4. 4 The Storm (Skit) (1:00)
  5. 5 Look Thru My Eyes (3:50)
  6. 6 Get at Me Dog - Sheek Louch (4:03)
  7. 7 Let Me Fly (4:12)
  8. 8 X-Is Coming (4:18)
  9. 9 Damien (3:42)
  10. 10 How's It Goin' Down (4:42)
  11. 11 Mickey (Skit) (0:25)
  12. 12 Crime Story (3:47)
  13. 13 Stop Being Greedy (3:37)
  14. 14 Atf (1:56)
  15. 15 For My Dogs - Big Stan (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 (5:14)
  20. 20 Ruff Ryders' Anthem (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DMX Primary Artist
Clifford Branch Keyboards
Nardo Vocals
Schamika Grant Background Vocals
Lovey Ford Background Vocals
Sheek Track Performer
Big Stan Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rich Keller Engineer
John Wydrycs Engineer
Irv Gotti Executive Producer
Shawn Kilmurray Reissue Production Coordination
Justice Johnson Engineer
Waah Executive Producer
Kasseem Dean Composer
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