Year of the Dog... Again

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Year of the Dog... Again
Studio album by DMX
Released August 1, 2006
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Hardcore Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap
Length 54:26
Label Ruff Ryders, Sony Urban, Columbia
Producer Swizz Beatz, Chad Elliott, Eddie Timmons, Dame Grease, Scott Storch, Shok, Teflon, Elite , Sean Garrett
DMX chronology
Grand Champ
(2003)
Year of the Dog... Again
(2006)
Undisputed
(2012)
Singles from Year of the Dog... Again
  1. "We In Here"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Lord Give Me a Sign"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (60/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B−[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Now 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (6/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin (2/10)[1]
Stylus Magazine B+[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]

Year of the Dog... Again is the sixth studio album released by American rapper DMX. It was released on August 1, 2006. The first singles released from the album were "We in Here" and "Lord Give Me a Sign".

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Rap Charts with 125,000 copies sold.[10] It was DMX's first album to not debut at number one on the Billboard 200. As of 2011, the album has sold 344,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, the album got a score of 60 out of 100 based on "mixed or average reviews".[1] XXL gave it an "L" score equivalent to three stars out of five and stated, "Clearly, X's poetic touch remains intact. But Year of the Dog relies too heavily on nostalgia, ignoring how hip-hop and DMX himself have changed over the years. Lyrically, the project sounds as if the Dog has been living in isolation for years, rarely shifting from his trademark style. Sadly, if X doesn’t learn a few new tricks, things might never be the same…again."[11] HipHopDX gave it a score of 2.5 out of 5 and said, "The album fairly consistent of what DMX has become - lost. Much like his outlandish antics and brushes with the law, X is all over the place on wax, battling incoherence and sane thinking."[12] AllHipHop gave it a score of three-and-a-half out of five stars and said, "DMX is flawless as DMX. He has carved his own niche, perfecting his brand of unfiltered aggression. Legions of DMX loyalist will not be disappointed."[13] About.com also gave it a score of three-and-a-half out of five stars and said, "Despite all the crises occurring in X’s personal life, he still finds a way to preserve the breadth and depth of his powerful voice; his voice alone is capable of propelling the album. While the canine theme is hard to mistake, forgiveness, redemption and, ultimately, the presence of a supreme being present themselves as a subtext in X’s canine mind. It seems like the dog has found his way home, finally."[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Dame Grease 1:32
2. "We in Here" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Swizz Beatz 3:54
3. "I Run Shit" (featuring Big Stan) Swizz Beatz 3:56
4. "Come Thru (Move)" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Swizz Beatz 3:42
5. "It's Personal" (featuring Styles P & Jadakiss) The Tuneheadz 3:44
6. "Baby Motha" (featuring Janyce) Swizz Beatz 4:41
7. "Dog Love" (featuring Amerie & Janyce) Chad Elliot & Eddie Timmons 3:42
8. "Wrong or Right? (I'm Tired)" (featuring Bazaar Royale) Elite 5:24
9. "Give 'Em What They Want"   Scott Storch 2:46
10. "Walk These Dogs" (featuring Kashmir) Dame Grease 2:56
11. "Blown Away" (featuring Janyce & Jinx) Divine Bars 4:02
12. "Goodbye"   Da Gutta Fam 4:50
13. "Life Be My Song"   Dame Grease 4:02
14. "The Prayer VI"   DMX 1:30
15. "Lord Give Me a Sign"   Scott Storch 3:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 32
Austrian Albums Chart[15] 23
Belgian Albums Chart 39
Canadian Albums Chart 4
French Albums Chart 43
German Albums Chart 7
New Zealand Albums Chart 37
Swiss Albums Charts 7
UK Albums Chart 22
U.S. Billboard 200 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1

Notes[edit]

  • R&B singer Janyce makes three appearances, mainly for backing vocals.
  • The album was originally titled "Here We Go Again".
  • The first DMX album to not debut at number 1.
  • After the song "Wrong or Right (I'm Tired)" at 3:52 there is a segment in which he talks called "Real Talk" about "punks with backpacks, skateboards, and good smoke" and a fat man he is thinking of robbing.
  • The song "Wrong or Right (I'm Tired) was originally named "Shit That I Do".
  • The track "Who Dat" was rumored to be on the album, but it did not make it on the US version. It appears on UK and Japan versions. "Pump Ya Fist" appears on Japan version of the album.
  • A demo version of "I Run Shit" is heard on the Year of the Dog... Again DVD.
  • "I Run Shit" was rumored to be the first single for the album.
  • "Dog Love" was supposed to feature Keyshia Cole & Amerie, but Sony only allowed Amerie to be on the final version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Critic reviews from Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ The A.V. Club review
  4. ^ Fiore, Raymond (2006-08-04). "Year of the Dog... Again Review". Entertainment Weekly: 68. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  5. ^ The Guardian review
  6. ^ RapReviews review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 14, 2008)
  8. ^ Stylus review
  9. ^ USA Today review[dead link]
  10. ^ "'NOW 22' Edges Out DMX's 'Dog' at No. 1" (News report). Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  11. ^ XXL Magazine review
  12. ^ HipHopDX review
  13. ^ AllHipHop review
  14. ^ About.com review
  15. ^ "Album performance". AustrianCharts. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 

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