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It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is the debut studio album by American rapper DMX. It was released on May 12, 1998 by Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Def Jam Recordings, and PolyGram.[1] It was supported by four singles —"Get at Me Dog", "Stop Being Greedy", "Ruff Ryders Anthem" and "How's It Goin' Down", in order of release — and their accompanying music videos.

It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
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Studio album by DMX
Released May 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)
Studio New Horizon Sounds Studio, Inc.
(Capitol Heights, Maryland)
Power House Studios, Soundtrack Studios, Chung King Studios, Quad Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length 65:10
Label
Producer
DMX chronology
Unleashed & Unreleased
(1998)
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
(1998)
Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
(1998)
Singles from It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
  1. "Get at Me Dog"
    Released: February 10, 1998
  2. "Stop Being Greedy"
    Released: March 7, 1998
  3. "Ruff Ryders' Anthem"
    Released: May 5, 1998
  4. "How's It Goin' Down"
    Released: June 9, 1998

It primarily includes production from Dame Grease (13 tracks) and PK (8 tracks), in addition to production from Irv Gotti and Lil Rob (2 tracks), Younglord (1 track; add.), and Swizz Beatz (1 track). The album is widely considered a classic among hip hop fans and critics.[2]

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
The Daily VaultA−[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC[5]
Pitchfork9.0/10[6]
Q     [7]
RapReviews8/10[8]
Rolling Stone     [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [10]
The Source4/5[7]
Spin6/10[7]

It's Dark and Hell Is Hot was met with critical acclaim from music critics. AllMusic commented that "Unlike so many other hardcore rappers who are more rhetorical than physical, DMX commands an aggressive aura without even speaking a word."[3] Leading Hip Hop magazine The Source described the album as "a mind-gripping opus that fully encompasses the appeal of one of rap's newest sensations."[7]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and sold 251,000 copies in its first week in the United States.[11] The album was certified 4x platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 18, 2000.[12]

Track listingEdit

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"
4:10
2."Ruff Ryders' Anthem"
Swizz Beatz3:34
3."Fuckin' wit' D"
2:18
4."The Storm (skit)"
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
  • Fields
  • Joaquin Dean
  • Mad Man
  • Dame Grease
  • PK
  • Waah (add.)
  • Mad Man (add.)
1:01
5."Look Thru My Eyes"
  • Simmons
  • Fields
  • Blackman
  • PK
  • Dame Grease (co.)
3:51
6."Get At Me Dog" (featuring Sheek Louch)
  • Dame Grease
  • PK (add.)
4:03
7."Let Me Fly"
4:13
8."X-Is Coming"
  • Simmons
  • Fields
PK4:19
9."Damien"
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
Dame Grease3:42
10."How's It Goin' Down"
  • Simmons
  • Fields
PK4:43
11."Mickey (skit)"
  • Simmons
  • Fields
  • J. Dean
  • Rajah Winn
PK0:25
12."Crime Story"
  • Irv Gotti
  • Lil Rob
3:48
13."Stop Being Greedy"
  • PK
  • Dame Grease (add.)
3:37
14."ATF"
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
Dame Grease1:56
15."For My Dogs" (featuring Big Stan, Loose, Kasino and Drag-On)
Dame Grease4:11
16."I Can Feel It"
Dame Grease4:13
17."Prayer (skit)"SimmonsDame Grease2:32
18."The Convo"
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
  • Barry Alan Gibb
  • Maurice Ernest Gibb
  • Robin Hugh Gibb
  • Ed Penney
  • Jerry Gillespie
Dame Grease3:34
19."Niggaz Done Started Something" (featuring The Lox and Mase)Dame Grease5:14
Total length:1:05:15
Notes
  • Track listing and credits from album booklet.
  • "X-Is Coming" features additional vocals by Jamie, Warren and Randy.
  • "I Can Feel It" features additional vocals by Nardo.
Sample credits
Courtesies

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1998) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DMX | Biography, Albums, & Streaming Radio". AllMusic. December 18, 1970. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  2. ^ "50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)". Rap.about.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b Jason Birchmeier (1998-05-12). "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - DMX | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  4. ^ "The Daily Vault Music Reviews :". Dailyvault.com. 2006-12-27. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  5. ^ Mukherjee, Tiarra. "It's Dark and Hell is Hot | Music Review | Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  6. ^ "DMX: It's Dark and Hell is Hot - Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. 2017-03-05. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Dmx - It's Dark and Hell Is Hot CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1998-05-19. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  8. ^ "Feature for January 28, 2003 - DMX's "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot"". Rapreviews.com. 2003-01-28. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  9. ^ DMX (1998-06-18). "DMX: It's Dark and Hell Is Hot : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  10. ^ Ex, Kris (2004). "DMX". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 248. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  11. ^ "Now! 22 Ends DMX's Billboard Winning Streak". MTV. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  12. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 18, 2015". RIAA. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  13. ^ "DMX Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "DMX Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.