Undisputed (DMX album)
|Studio album by DMX|
|Released||September 11, 2012|
Saltmine Studio Oasis
Bishop Powerhouse Studios
|Label||Seven Arts Music, Fontana|
|Producer||DMX (exec.), Dame Grease (also exec.), Bird, Caviar, Deezle, Divine Bars, Elite, J.R. Rotem, Snaggs, Snaz, Swizz Beatz, Tronzilla|
|Singles from Undisputed|
Undisputed is the seventh studio album by American rapper DMX. It was released on September 11, 2012 through United Music and Media Group, now a division of Seven Arts Music. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. acquired all assets of United Music and Media Group in January 2012.
On October 11, 2011 DMX performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. He stated that he has been working "nonstop, every day" on the new album, and plans to release it before December 2012. During a performance at New York's Santos Party House on December 25, 2011, DMX stated that the new album will be entitled Undisputed and would be released on March 26, 2012. This was later confirmed by DMX (via his official Twitter account, Undisputed (DMX album) on Twitter), where he also confirmed that its first single is scheduled for release in January 2012. A video for a new track entitled "Last Hope" was released via Internet on September 24, 2011. This was later released on his 'The Weigh In' EP and omitted from the final release of Undisputed.
Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. recently purchased David Michery's music assets, which included some of DMX's music. DMX's had announced that Undisputed will be released on March 27, 2012. However it was later revealed that DMX did not plan to release the album on that date, and that date was one forced upon him by the record label. The release date for the album was set for June 26, 2012. However, DMX announced in Detroit, MI. on June 9, 2012, that due to the record label that is supposed to release the album, the date will be pushed back again. It was then scheduled for release on August 28, 2012. Later, an official press release from the label pushed the back date to September 11, 2012. He donated the album's first week sales to the victims of the September 11 attacks. The album features only one male guest appearance by rapper Machine Gun Kelly. The album was also supposed to feature Sean Kingston, Tyreese and Busta Rhymes, but all of these artists were not featured in the final cut.
Release and promotion 
On May 15, 2012, DMX and Dame Grease released a pre-album EP which would be free for download, called The Weigh In featuring artists such as Snoop Dogg, Big Stan and Tyrese. It also featured production from West Coast rapper and producer Dr. Dre. Promoting his album, DMX announced the Undisputed Tour, with 15 concerts, across the United States throughout June and early July, hitting everywhere from New York to Hawaii.
On January 6, 2012, DMX performed live the first single of the album, "I Don't Dance" featuring MGK in Long Beach. It was released on iTunes on April 7, 2012. DMX shot a video for the song, also featuring MGK. He also released a behind-the-scenes video. The official video premiered on MTV Jams on June 23, 2012 and was later uploaded to his YouTube account. Xzibit made a cameo appearance. DMX released the second single, "Head Up", on September 4, 2012.
Critical reception 
Upon its release, Undisputed received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. The Washington Post praised the production on Undisputed, which included Swizz Beatz, J.R. Rotem, Dame Grease and Tronzilla, while AllMusic was critical in that it claims Undisputed contained too many tracks for one official album release.
Commercial performance 
Track listing 
- All songs were written by DMX.
|1.||"Lookin' Without Seein'" (Intro)||Earl Simmons||Elite||0:50|
|2.||"What They Don't Know"||Earl Simmons, Kaseem Dean||Swizz Beatz||3:42|
|3.||"Cold World" (featuring Andreena Mill)||Earl Simmons, Damon Blackman, Nick Zesses, Dino Fekaris||Dame Grease, Snaz||4:04|
|4.||"I Don't Dance" (featuring MGK)||Earl Simmons, Richard Colson Baker, Jonathan Rotem||J.R. Rotem||3:30|
|5.||"Sucka for Love" (featuring Dani Stevenson)||Earl Simmons, Darius Harrison||Deezle||4:10|
|6.||"I Get Scared" (featuring Rachel Taylor)||Earl Simmons, Damon Blackman||Dame Grease||3:55|
|7.||"Slippin' Again"||Earl Simmons, Gertis Lamont McDowell||Bird||3:47|
|8.||"Prayer" (Skit)||Earl Simmons||X||1:42|
|9.||"I'm Back"||Earl Simmons, Gertis Lamont McDowell, Leonard Caston, Jr., Pamela Sawyer, Frank Wilson||Bird||2:33|
|10.||"Have You Eva"||Earl Simmons, Damon Blackman, Barry Eastmond, Jolyon Skinner||Dame Grease||3:44|
|11.||"Get Your Money Up"||Earl Simmons||Snaggs||2:21|
|12.||"Head Up"||Earl Simmons, Maurice White||Tronzilla||4:31|
|13.||"Frankenstein"||Earl Simmons, Kannon Cross, Gregory Ford, Jr.||Caviar, G'Sparkz||2:34|
|14.||"Ya'll Don't Really Know"||Earl Simmons, Kaseem Dean||Swizz Beatz||2:38|
|15.||"I Got Your Back" (featuring Kashmere)||Earl Simmons, Kannon Cross, Gregory Ford, Jr.||Caviar, G'Sparkz||3:15|
|16.||"No Love" (featuring Adreena Mills)||Earl Simmons, Damon Blackman, Barry White||Dame Grease, Snaz||3:20|
|17.||"Already"||Earl Simmons, Pat Gallo||Divine Bars||3:59|
|18.||"Fire" (featuring Kashmere)||Earl Simmons, Damon Blackman||Dame Grease||3:13|
|19.||"Fuck U Bitch"||Earl Simmons||Elite||2:59|
|20.||"Love That Bitch" (featuring Jannyce)||Earl Simmons, Pat Gallo||Divine Bars||3:20|
- All song samples and production credits are according to the album booklet.
- Sample credits
- "I Got Your Back" contains a sample of "Ashley's Roachclip" as performed by The Soul Searchers.
- "I'm Back" contains a sample of "Loving You the Second Time Around" as performed by Eddie Kendricks.
- "No Love" contains a sample of "Our Theme" as performed by Barry White & Glodean White.
- "Cold World" contains a sample of "Mother Nature" as performed by The Temptations.
- "Have You Eva" contains a sample of "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" as performed by Freddie Jackson.
- "Head Up" contains an interpolation of "Keep Your Head to the Sky" as performed by Earth, Wind & Fire.
- "Fire" contains a sample of "Put Out My Fire" as performed by Lamont Dozier.
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