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Great Depression

The 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<


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

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The Great Depression 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of DMX's best records. I love this record and I have it in my cd player right now. It features one of his best duo's he's done (with Faith Evans) called, ''I miss you.'' This album deserves to be in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great. DMX is the best lyricist/rapper since the late-great Tupac. DMX will be around for long time to come. He doesn't rap about nonsense. He has messages in his lyrics. The song ''Who We Be'' is wonderful. I feel that everyone can relate to this song. He expresses the different feelings we feel throughout life. DMX is on top
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Guest More than 1 year ago
dmx just rocks period...he is the man...he is the best east coast rapper there is..the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD of DMX's yet. He brings it back to ''It's Dark And Hell Is Hot'' but hits it with hotter beats and more lyrics fromthe mind of X.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the headline suggests i am dismayed at the complete lack of raw beats in this new cd. When It is dark and hell is hot first hit the streets DMX was the freshest talent on the scene. And this skill was repeated in the aptly named flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood. These first two albums were a stark reflection of the harsh life to be led in the gheto. However since 'And then there was X' my faith in the rawest rapper on the scene to come through has been shaken. For example what was 'X' thinking with sisqo on the album. Dare I say that forbidden word ''commercial''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judging from the first two singles. I don't know if i want t buy this album. Primarily because the beats are WEEeeeEK! That cross over Hip Pop, but still hard BS aint cutting it. Get back to basics, tell Swizz to hook you help with some o that original DMX Shizit. Or call the guy who did ''Greedy''. Please DMX don't end up like Ja-Rule.!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another great DMX cd. The song about his grandmother is the best on the cd, it shows a different side of DMX. Everyone should buy this cd. Love Ya.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing. DMX has rapidly become one of my favorite rappers and this album solidifies this belief. In my mind this is the best DMX CD to date and that is quite a few excellent albums to overcome. DMX live on forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX is back again and his gonna kill it with one more hott album...He has always been my fav and he always will be....RUFFRYDERS Some of the songs on this CD are the Hott thing I mean the first thing I heard off His new album was...''We right Here'' and right then i knew X was back for one more go...''oh my god..''those couldn't have been the last words of your man...your man was so hard X baby
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love DMX and this album shows the he is the greatest ever. Original tracks and the best lyrics, He sure knows how to make his fans happy... If you haven't gone out and gotten this album then you don't know what you are missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My review is simple and right to the point DMX is the man and as always kept it real with his music and it deserves to go to the top of all charts like it did to be blunt his album was tight.