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It's Dark & Hell Is Hot
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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DMX - An Instant Classic
Jeff LeBlanc | Center Moriches, NY | 08/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I picked this CD up was at my friends house over 2 years' ago. I'd never even heard of DMX, but I wanted to give it a chance, like I give all music. That night I walked out a changed guy. Later that week I made a stop at the store and picked up the best CD I ever bought. Every track is a masterpiece, from the intro, to the finely tuned skits. One by one, Earl Simmons created a conditioned work of art that cannot be topped. The "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" is an urban classic, with a raw sound and beat that still bangs in parties and clubs today. Another hit, "Get At Me Dog" is another rough, and urban sound, which can get anyone's adrenaline soaring. Important messages are detailed throughout songs such as "Damien", which has some of the most well constructed lyrics I've ever come accross. Other tracks such as "Stop Being Greedy" and "ATF" relect on DMX's past street life, which can grab your attention and never let go. Softer cuts such as "How's It Goin' Down", "The Convo", and the infamous "Prayer" show DMX's softer side, and take away some of the anger and angst that is heard throughout all of the other tracks. This will forever remain a classic in the hip hop industry. It re-opened numerous doors for the east coast rap business, and hip-hop in general. This is one disc you cannot be without - satisfaction guaranteed."
DMX- It's Dark and Hell is Hot
Constant | Vancouver, BC Canada | 02/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In may 1998 the then mostly unknown DMX (Earl Simmons)dropped his first album "It's Dark and Hell is Hot" one of the illest album in years in my opinion. DMX's gruff growling vocal flow is distinct, unlike anything I had ever heard before. A then unknown Swizz Beats produced the melodic "Ruff Ryders Anthem" which would blow, and become a common anthem in the hiphop world. Years later still bumping "Let Me Fly" one of my all time favourite hiphop tracks. "How's It Going Down" would also blow, another crossover hit, where X talks to the ladies. Hardcore tracks like "Stop Being Greedy" and "Get at Me Dog" where X talked about street life make this album a great album. "Damien" is an entertaining story telling track. Guest appearances are mostly good on this album, especially those from the Lox who would later sign with Ruff Ryders. DMX's lyrics and flow is exceptionally tight on this album, beats and production is excellent, with a few exceptions not being too par, most of these coming from producers outside the Ruff Ryder family like Irv Gotti. One of the reasons X comes across as strong as he does, is he is real, he isnt just talking about stories he has heard, he is talking about himself, and where hes been, and what he has gone through, this is what makes him one of the best in my opinion and its what makes "Its Dark and Hell is Hot" a Classic."
Has one thing his other albums don't have--VARIETY
E.J. Rupert | Milwaukee, WI | 03/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can definitely call this album a classic because it shows his versatility ("Stop Being Greedy" and "Damien" finds him rapping in different voices, while "How's It Going Down" is a successful joint for the ladies), his religious manner without being too preachy ("Let Me Fly"), and his energy, of course ("Ruff Ryders Anthem", "Get at Me Dog", "F'n Wit D" and "N'z Done Started Something"). On the latter song, Mase and The Lox guest starred on there to show everyone that they weren't no shiny suit rappers from Bad Boy. DMX also tells good stories on "ATF" and "Crime Story". On every album following this one, all of his songs have too many "What?"'s and "Come On!"'s, too many Swizz beats that derived from Casio, and too many songs that sound like rejects from this album."