DMX   It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
4.0
excellent
Ranking: #113 for 1998

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4.0 excellentCounterfeit | September 2nd 10

STOP
DROP
SHUT EM DOWN OPEN UP SHOP
OHHHH
NOO
THAT'S HOW RUFF RYDERZ ROOLLL


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4.0 excellentlz41 | January 25th 23

That transition on 'Look Thru My Eyes' where the dog is crying to slow piano is the corniest shit. It's like DMX was daring everyone in the studio to say something and no one blinked.

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5.0 classicIsley Browne | April 17th 19

DMX isn't credited enough for his genius. Perfected the genre and will be always be the best

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5.0 classicNicksput | December 11th 17

Few debuts have been met with more anticipation and fanfare than It's Dark and Hell is Hot. After somehow getting down with the in crowd, featuring with Jay-Z, Mase and LL Cool J among others, the mysterious rapper delivers a gritty, violent debut that doesn't really disappoint. This was by far his best project, and I feel like this was his only album where the production matched his dark, bleak subject matter, while also providing a backdrop for his more aggressive moments. DMX was always marketed as a party rapper with an edge, but I feel these gloomy street tales represent who he truly was, and IDAHIH perfectly captures that essence. X certainly doesn't cover a wide variety of topics, but he has a strength in storytelling, adding a layer to the album on ATF, Crime Story and the classic Damien, and they help to break up some of the lyrical monotony that wears itself a bit thin over 17 full tracks. There are also a handful of more introspective songs, highlighting X's struggles with his personal demons. Best songs are X is Coming, Damien, Crime Story, Stop Being Greedy, ATF, The Conversation and N!ggaz Done Started Something.

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0.0 bastard | October 3rd 09

DMX is a complicated character whose skills and emotions vary wildly. This is some of his better stuff, and "Get At Me Dog" is one of my favorite late 90s rap songs of all time, but it's pretty inconsistent, ranging from incredibly violent to reflexive, and from awful to amazing.

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