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Menacing, muscular and magnetic, DMX has been hard-core rap’s unrivaled top dog. After the deaths of icons 2Pac and Biggie, when rap was threatening to go soft–DMX’s uncompromising intensity and street cred kept hard core hard. With the expected 2010 release of two new albums, The Best Of DMX (Island Def Jam/UMe), released January 26, 2010, collects 19 of his best tracks from 1998 to 2003, including all 11 of his Top 25 Rap hits while on Def Jam.

DMX is the only artist in history to have five consecutive albums debut No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. That they were the first albums of his career makes his success even more astonishing. In 1998, “Get At Me Dog” (featuring Sheek of the Lox) not only cracked the R&B/Hip-hop Top 20, Rap Top 10 and Pop Top 40 but went gold, appearing on the quadruple platinum It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, which also included the Top 10 Rap “Stop Being Greedy,” Top 40 R&B “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” (he was a founding member of that group), Top 20 R&B “How’s It Goin’ Down” and “Damien.”

The release of Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood later that year marked DMX as only the second rapper to have two albums debut at No. 1 in one year; the first being 2Pac. The triple-platinum disc boasted “It’s All Good” and “Slippin’.” Also in 1998 he debuted on film in Belly, whose “Grand Finale” (DMX, Method Man, Nas and Ja Rule) went Top 20 Rap from the soundtrack.

.And Then There Was X appeared in 1999, again debuting at No. 1. The club banger “What’s My Name?” (Top 15 Rap), party anthem “Party Up (Up In Here)” (Top 10 Rap), “What These Bitches Want” (featuring Sisqo) (Top 25 Rap), “One More Road To Cross” and “Here We Go Again” propelled the album to five times platinum. 2001′s platinum The Great Depression spun off a pair of spirited Top 10 Rap anthems–”Who We Be” and “We Right Here.”

In 2003, the soundtrack album to his next film, Cradle 2 The Grave, contributed “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” (Top 20 Rap). He also unleashed the platinum Grand Champ. His fifth straight to debut at the top spot, the album included a Swizz Beatz classic in “Get It On The Floor,” “Where The Hood At?” (Top 15 Rap) and “The Rain.” After signing to another label, his next album debuted at N0. 2 in 2006, breaking his string of chart toppers. In 2007, his first Def Jam greatest hits album, The Definition Of X: The Pick Of The Litter, went Top 30.

Though DMX has made headlines for his volatile run-ins with the judicial system, penned an autobiography, starred in his own reality series, and built a movie career, it is rap that has defined him. As heard on The Best Of DMX, he has truly represented the hard core on record.

 

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Grand Champ

Grand Champ is the fifth album by American rapper DMX, released in 2003. Grand Champ features the popular singles “Where the Hood At?” and “Get It On The Floor“. The album sold 312,000 in its first week and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

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The Great Depression

The Great Depression is the fourth solo studio album released by American rapper DMX. Released October 23, 2001, it was DMX’s fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. 439,000 copies were sold within the first week of the album’s release,[citation needed] and it was certified Platinum in December of…

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And Then There Was X

…And Then There Was X is the third album by American rapper DMX, released December 21, 1999 on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings. In 2000, it was certified 4x Platinum and then later 5x Platinum. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammys.

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Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood is the second album released in December 22, 1998 by rapper DMX, six months after his debut album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.[5] It entered the charts at number one (and stayed there for 3 consecutive weeks) with an impressive 670,000 units shipped in the first…

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It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

It’s Dark and Hell is Hot is the debut album of American rapper DMX, released May 12, 1998 on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings.[1] The album featured four singles with music videos, “Get at Me Dog“, “Stop Being Greedy“, “How’s It Goin’ Down” and the “Ruff Ryders Anthem“. The album is widely considered…

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Since 1984: DMX releases "The Great Depression" Oct. 23, 2001 on Def Jam Recordings

On this day October 23, 2001 DMX released his fourth album “The Great Depression” on Ruff Ryders/Def Jam Recordings. It was DMX’s fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. 439,000 copies were sold within the first week of the album’s release, and it was certified Platinum in December of…

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SINCE 1984: DMX Released, "Grand Champ" On Def Jam Recordings

SINCE 1984: On this day, September 16, 2003, DMX released his fifth album, “Grand Champ” on Def Jam Recordings.

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Since 1984: DMX's Single, "Get At Me Dog" Is Certified Gold

On this day, May 29, 1998, DMX’s single, “Get At Me Dog” was certified Gold. Check out the classic video for the song above. For more nostalgic posts like this, check out DefJam30.com

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Since 1984: DMX "..And Then There Was X" Goes 5x Platinum

…And Then There Was X is the third album by DMX which was released December 21, 1999 on Def Jam Recordings. On this day, February 7th, 2001, the album was certified 5x Platinum. It also was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammys.

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DJ Clue: Murder Inc. (Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule) - "Murdergram Freestyle"

Welcome to the first edition of “From The Vault” Fridays on Defjam.com! Every Friday we’ll take a trip in to our illustrious Def Jam vault and highlight something special from the Def Jam past and feature it on our site. This week we bring you the “Murdergram Freestyle” off one of the classic DJ Clue…

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"Ruff Ryders' Anthem"

Check out the music video for “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” by DMX.

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