DMX - It's Dark And Hell Is Hot [PA] - (CD 1998) RAP MINT Used CD
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Item Specifics - Music: CDs
Release Date: May 19, 1998
Record Label: Def Jam (USA)
Genre: Rap, Hip-Hop
Sub-Genre: Gangsta, Hardcore
Album Type: Full-Length CD
Condition: Used - MINT
2. Ruff Ryders Anthem'
3. F*****' Wit' D
4. Storm, The (Skit)
5. Look Thru My Eyes
6. Get At Me Dog - (featuring Sheek of The Lox)
7. Let Me Fly
8. X-Is Coming
10. How's It Goin' Down
11. Mickey (Skit)
12. Crime Story
13. Stop Being Greedy
15. For My Dogs - (featuring Big Stan/Loose/Kasino/Drag-On)
16. I Can Feel It
17. Prayer (Skit)
18. Convo, The
19. Niggaz Done Started Something - (featuring The Lox/Mase)
Contributing artists: Mase, The Lox
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Recording type: Studio
Recording mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
Personnel: DMX, Sheek, Big Stan, Loose, Kasino, Dragon, The Lox, Mase (rap vocals); Nardo (vocals).
Producers include: Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob, Swizz, PK, Dame Grease.
Engineers include: Patrick Viala, Justice Johnson, Rich Keller.
In 1998, DMX brings new energy to a laid-back hip-hop scene. While various MCs have been busy partying and dancing, DMX has been amping himself up for a powerful debut. IT'S DARK AND HELL IS HOT is the first full-length release from the rapper, despite an attempt to break through in 1993. It wasn't until legendary rap label Def Jam got a hold of him that DMX's career began to take off. While being featured on a number of blazing posse cuts, DMX took hip-hoppers to the next level with his smash single, "Get At Me Dog." With tight production and lyrical gymnastics, DMX puts the hardcore back into hip-hop.
4 stars out of 5 - ...Hard-as-nails multi-platinum 1998 debut complete with wall-to-wall cursing, booming beats and - scariest of all - Phil Collins' 'In The Air Tonight' being given a good slapping...
6 (out of 10) - ...a psychotic concept album that celebrates bloody style over creative substance....DMX never shares a worldview not seen from the inside of a prison or from behind a blue-steel trigger...
4 Mics (out of 5) - ...DMX raps as if he's about to explode....IT'S DARK AND HELL IS HOT is a mind-gripping opus that fully encompasses the appeal of one of rap's newest sensations...
The Source (07/01/1998)
3 Stars (out of 5) - ...relies heavily on pop-y, verse-chorus-verse song structures more common with commercial rappers than with roughneck MCs. DMX sidesteps the potential banality of this radio-ready format...with a ferocious delivery reminiscent of vintage L.L. Cool J...
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