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, and it was certified Platinum in December of that year. The album demonstrated his continually strong allegiance with the Ruff Ryders with singles such as "Who We Be" and "We Right Here". Despite eventually selling nearly three million copies worldwide, The Great Depression lacked the staying power of his previous releases. It was credited by critics[who?] as the most mediocre release in DMX's catalogue.
A clean edition of The Great Depression was also released. In this version, all profanity is "blanked out", and subject matter related to violence and drug use is lightly censored. There are many inconsistencies in the censorship editing throughout the album. An example of this can be heard in the song, "I'ma Bang"; most mentions of the 'glock' firearm are blanked (to sound like 'g__k'), but the word is left intact at about halfway through the song.
The album's final track, "A Minute for Your Son", actually contains three unlisted songs: "Next Out the Kennel" (featuring DJ Kayslay, Jinx, Loose, Kashmir, Big Stan, and Drag-On); "Problem Child" (featuring Mysonne and Drag-On); and "Usual Suspects 2" (a sequel to Mic Geronimo's "Usual Suspects", featuring Mic Geronimo and Big Stan).