...And Then There Was X

...And Then There Was X

by DMX

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On his third album, DMX cements his rep as the archetypal heir to the mack-thug-spiritualist throne left vacant by 2Pac. Still, where 'Pac was the master of deft poetics, DMX is at his best when weaving excitable threads of manchild "get-minez" emotion into vivid vignettes of street hustle and bustle. On "One More Road to Cross," X graphically depicts his guns-blazing, dough-chasing sensibility in a bodega hold-up scenario set against a seething orchestral backdrop. On other standouts, like "Here We Go Again" and "Make a Move," X wends through the precarious nature of ghetto loyalty, going for self on the former, then uplifting his fam on the latter. Ghetto cinematics notwithstanding, DMX brings the ruckus for the clubspot with "What's My Name," an Irv Gotti-produced banger that's swollen with volcanic beats, bass thunder, and an anthemic hook growled by the Dark Man X. X's thug pathology wouldn't be complete without a pimp-slapping affair, which he delivers on "What These B****s Want," an unlikely duet with the slightly fey Sisqo. However, like a good ruffneck, DMX takes a moment to reflect on his bad-boy bluster. The disc spirals into a genuflecting, spoken-word confessional, then moves into "Angel" (featuring R&B torch singer Regina Belle), which finds X relating his pain directly to the Man Upstairs. His intense vocals ride atop a bluesy piano, shuffling sound effects, and an insistent bottom. This slice of vulnerability amidst all the bully posing makes the album feel richer, turning it into a surprisingly cohesive effort for the holiday rap-album sweepstakes. Matt Diehl

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/1999
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0731454693325
catalogNumber: 546933
Rank: 28396

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...And Then There Was X 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all I would like to say I Love DMX because he is so damn fine. I really like that song what u want from a nigga that songs got me throw some hard times while I was in high school, Hughes High School in Hughes, Ark in that small city there was a lot of girls be hating on u for no reason. These girls are so dumb they would hate on u talk to a boy that they like that some dumb stuff . I would like to say hi to my first love Jermaine Davis i will alwayz and forever love u.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only the best dawg. DMX and dah Ruff Ryders Krew comes thru again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX is wack! He can't rap! His rhymes are old and retarded. And he needs to stop talking all that mess bout EMINEM on that one track
Guest More than 1 year ago
I JUST BOUGHT THE NEW DMX AND I IS GREAT I LIKE SONG #5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX is the only artist that really rap I give this album 5 stars because every song is great my favorits are Whats My Name?, One More Road To Cross, What These B****** Want, & Party Up (Up In Here). You gotta buy this CD!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
my favorite cd the best ever you will love it but ages 10 and up (lots of cusin)
Guest More than 1 year ago
the whole cd is pretty hot but some of the songs are a little stupid ( #7) but other than that the cd is the bomb
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX's new cd is awesome .. it has about 7 good songs on it which you dont see on other cd's
Guest More than 1 year ago
ITS THE BEST CD I'VE HEARD ALL YEAR.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX once again proves that he is one of the greatest rappers ever. His style is unmatched and even though some of tried to copy it seems impossible. From the start of the cd to the finish X takes you on a journey through the eyes of a thug. A man battling with a war inside between god and the devil. The 4 track on the cd fame to me is one of the greatest songs ever written. The lyrics can't be touch the beat is great and the chorus is unforgetable. I've listened to this cd a million times and I'm not even close to being tired of it. The best thing about this cd is he's not rapping about money, hoes, or jewelry like the stupid fools from the south. D is keeping it real and reiterates thoughs thoughts thoughout the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF you can not feel what X is sayin' on this album then you should not be lstiening. This is strictly for the Ruff Ryders. Go and Cop this Joint now. This cat gets better every album he drops . The album is hot YO go get it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHEN IT COMES TO DMX AND HIS SONGS I WILL ALWAYS GO CRAZY AND OUT OF MY MIND. I HAVE BOUGHT EVERY CD AND EVERY BOOK THAT HE HAS FEATURED IN. DMX IS THE MAN AND HE GOING TO STAY THAT WAY FOR LIFE. I LOVE YOU DMX SINCERLY APRIL SHAREE WILLIAMS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX, also know as Earl Simmons is a great performer. DMX has numerous songs and albums. His song what's my name has a great meaning. The video shows how other people shouldn't rule over anyone. People in the video show emotions and curage, which everyone should have. I love his lyrics and he shows that he means what he says in his videos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DMX has dun it again
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this cd alot.....its a good choice for a rap fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, the one the only DMX is back on the scene holding it down for all of us hip-hop fanatics. What I like so muck about this CD (as well as his others) is not only can I relate to his lyrics, but I actually can understand them. All that I can say is if you still haven't got it, go and get it because it is blazin!
Guest More than 1 year ago
D.....M.....X!! The new album is as ruff as ever, and the x is back with a bark that's for real. Unlike albums of the past, he seems to peer into his own soul to pull the rhymes out that he slams in our trunks. Same as ever though, X kicks the flavor with a style that no one can touch. Check out this joint, it's the bomb!
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT'S A GREAT CD MY FAVORITE OUT OF ALL MY OTHER CDS
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think dmx is about the best rap star this century he is the best.......................
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Rapper of all time. he don't worship money like the rest of the rappers, he is real, as real as it can get, and i always like that he talks to God at the end of his cds, DMX rules Hip Pop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I can't front, I dig that little What's My Name number,and even his newest song out, but DMX will probably never come as hard as his first album. I think this album is a replication of the others. DMX talks about two things, his dawgs and getting some... It get's old and actually, I was finished with it on the second album. I still will represent because his first album blazed the spot, but it's all downhill from here for D
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to one of the greatest CD's by any rapper in a long time. The energy and passion on this CD is incredible as well as the mic skills, the likes of which has'nt been seen since the lose of The Notorious B.I.G. a few years back. If you're a DMX fan or just a rap fan in general you must cop this CD as soon as you get the chance, it is definetly not to be forgotten on your CD shopping list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Y'all gon make me lose MY mind, up in here, up in here...I have come to the belief that this is DMX's best album, mainly because of his single, "Party Up". I like "party up", really, really like it. I think that if you get this CD, you'll be surprised that this CD doesn't do anything wrong to DMX's reputation. Not bad, for a veteran.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love DMX and i think that he's up there with 2pac.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this title 5 Stars beacuse the X is in part of what they call him so it goes good and i like how they say and then there was the X it is realy cool.