Great Depression

Great Depression

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by DMX
     
 

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Striking a staggering balance between unbridled rage and a devout loyalty to his fam and canines everywhere, DMX, like 2Pac before him, is a walking contradiction -- which makes him one of the most fascinating hip-hop characters to ever pick up a mic. After a trilogy of albums (It's Dark and Hell Is Hot<See more details below

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Striking a staggering balance between unbridled rage and a devout loyalty to his fam and canines everywhere, DMX, like 2Pac before him, is a walking contradiction -- which makes him one of the most fascinating hip-hop characters to ever pick up a mic. After a trilogy of albums (It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, and And Then There Was X) that were heavy on menacing cover art and dope singles but light on conceptual coherence, the rugged rapper finally delivers the complete package with The Great Depression. Here, X offers 17 tracks that are more killer than filler, as he reveals the depth of his angst with astute reflections on the world around him, from the heights of the Hollywood Hills to the gutters of his Yonkers stomping grounds. On songs such as the blazin' second single, "Who We Be," and the raw-edged "Bloodline Anthem," DMX pumps up his signature gritty, hard-knockin' rhyme style with a flurry of guitars, funky clarinets, and moody rhythmic textures. While DMX maintains his familiar bark, this time around, it's his lyrical bite that shows signs of maturity and enlightenment -- most notably on the Faith Evans-assisted ode to his grandmother, "I Miss You," and on "Shorty Was the Bomb," a cautionary tale about a one-night stand. On The Great Depression, the Dark Man X proves that even the meanest junkyard dog has heart.

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All Music Guide - Matt Conaway
In such a time of confusion, it's eerie that DMX would dub his latest vehicle, "The Great Depression." After all, we are still recovering from the greatest tragedy our generation will hopefully have to endure. While X continues to cater his music to the misguided soul, he does reinvent himself to some extent on "The Great Depression." The end result is a more self-contained X, which minus two Swizz Beatz contributions finds Darkman virtually cutting all ties to his Ruff Ryder Click, and cozying up to a slew of un-established producers who add a new wrinkle to his usually resolute sound. Though the recording move from NY, to Arizona may have initially raised some eyebrows (Anyone remember Public Enemy's "By The Time I Get To Arizona"?). The very same desert sanctuary X sought recording asylum in contains a duality that plays into his strengths, as the desert can be as tranquil as the Dalai Lama, and as savage as a rapid pit bull. X taps into both of those facets with equal ferocity on "The Great Depression"---with varying results. While X attacks street-anthems such as "We Right Here," and the rugged "Who We Be" (tadanh, tadanh, tadanh) like a powder keg ready to detonate. These gully bangers are levied by X's newfound reliance in God; exemplified by the yearning "A Minute For Your Son," and the touching ode to his Grandmother "I Miss You" f/Faith Evans. Fortunately these hard knock life accounts play out better then the misogynistic set-up track "Shorty Was The Bomb," and the bland soul sample ("Whatcha Gonna Do" With My Lovin') that X and Dame Grease lift for the tepid "When I'm Nothing" f/Stephanie Mills.
The Source
Keeping within the formula that's gained DMX platinum status and then some, with "We Right Here," the lead single from The Great Depression,, makes it clear he's picking up right where he left off. His aggressive, gruff tone coupled with a club-friendly banger is sure to garner mad rotation on the waves. Boo Rosario

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0731458645023
catalogNumber:
586450
Rank:
39853

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