The Great Depression (DMX album)

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The Great Depression
Studio album by DMX
Released October 23, 2001 (U.S.)
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 72:02
Label Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Producer Darrin & Joaquin Dean and DMX (ex prd.); Latarche Nas Collins (co-exec); Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, PK, Black Key, Kidd Kold
DMX chronology
...And Then There Was X
The Great Depression
Grand Champ
Singles from The Great Depression
  1. "We Right Here"
    Released: August 14, 2001
  2. "Who We Be"
    Released: September 3, 2001
  3. "I Miss You"
    Released: January 15, 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (62/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B-[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]
NME (5/10)[5]
PopMatters 4/10 stars[1][6]
Q 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (6.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
Spin (6/10)[1]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[9]

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 that year.[10] 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.[citation needed] 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.[11] 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.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured Guest(s) Time Sample(s)
1 "Sometimes" DMX 1:06
2 "School Street" Dame Grease 3:01
3 "Who We Be" Black Key 4:47
4 "Trina Moe" Dame Grease 4:02
5 "We Right Here" Black Key 4:27
6 "Bloodline Anthem" DMX & Kidd Kold Dia 4:25
7 "Shorty Was Da Bomb" Dame Grease 5:12
8 "Damien III" P.K. 3:21
9 "When I'm Nothing" DMX & Dame Grease Stephanie Mills 4:33 *"What Cha' Gonna Do With My Lovin" by Stephanie Mills
10 "I Miss You" Kidd Kold Faith Evans 4:40 *"This Masquerade" by George Benson
11 "Number 11" P.K. 4:25
12 "Pull Up" (Skit) DMX 0:20 *"I'll Be Around" by The Spinners
13 "I'ma Bang" Just Blaze 5:03
14 "Pull Out" (Skit) 0:24
15 "You Could Be Blind" Swizz Beatz Mashonda 4:34 *"Synopsis One: In the Ghetto/God Save the World" by The 24-Carat Black
16 "The Prayer IV" DMX 1:42
17 "A Minute for Your Son" Swizz Beatz 00:00 - 4:30
18 "Next Out the Kennel" DJ Kayslay, Jinx, Loose, Kashmir, Big Stan & Drag-On 4:50 - 8:36
19 "Problem Child" Mysonne & Drag-On 8:39 - 12:52
20 "Usual Suspects 2" Mic Geronimo & Big Stan 12:58 - 16:55

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).



Chart (2001) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 99
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Chinese Albums Chart 60
Dutch Albums Chart 25
French Albums Chart[12] 69
German Albums Chart[12] 10
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 38
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 60
UK Albums Chart 20
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1


  1. ^ a b c d Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ NME review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ RapReviews review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 13, 2008)
  9. ^ USA Today review
  10. ^ "Oh What A Year It Was…". Gold & Platinum News. RIAA. December 2001. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Great Depression [Clean]". All Music. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Album performance". AustrianCharts. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
God Bless America by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 10–16, 2001
Succeeded by
Invincible by Michael Jackson