Where the Hood At?

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"Where the Hood At?"
Single by DMX
from the album Grand Champ
Released 2003
Format 12-inch single, Vinyl, Digital download
Recorded 2003
Genre Hardcore hip hop, east coast hip hop
Length 4:46
Label Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s) E. Simmons
Producer(s) Tuneheadz
DMX singles chronology
"Get It on the Floor"
(2003)
"Where the Hood At?"
(2003)
"We in Here"
(2006)

"Where the Hood At?" is a song by American hip hop recording artist DMX, released as the lead single from his fifth studio album Grand Champ (2003). The track is noted to be a diss track towards Ja Rule; particularly in the first verse. Allmusic stated "The anthemic lead single, 'Where the Hood At,' is precisely modeled after previous DMX rallying calls like 'Ruff Rider Anthem,' 'What's My Name?,' and 'Who We Be.'"

Song Info[edit]

Production[edit]

The clean version doesn't have the third verse, unlike the explicit version. The producers for the song were the music creation team Tuneheadz. Recorded in 2003, it was one of the first singles to be available as a digital download via Amazon.com.

The song samples "I'll Play the Blues for You" by Albert King. That song was originally sampled by Big Daddy Kane for the song Young, Gifted and Black.

Music Video[edit]

The music video is clean and is set in DMX's neighborhood in Yonkers, New York. In the beginning of the video during DMX's first verse, there is a man wearing a bandana and women's pumps. He is believed to be an impersonation of Ja Rule, stating that he was a homosexual. This was in reference to Ja Rule being known for making many songs with various female artists. There are appearances from rappers Drag-On, Swizz Beatz, Fat Joe and Busta Rhymes. In the second half of the video, a song entitled "A'Yo Kato", produced by Swizz Beatz, was added to pay tribute to his fallen friend.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Where the Hood At?
  2. Where the Hood At? (Instrumental)
  3. Ruff Ryders' Anthem

Other Versions[edit]

"Where's it At" by DWF

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 68
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard)[2] 24
U.S. Hot Rap Singles (Billboard)[3] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 16
German Singles (Media Control Charts)[5] 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DMX – Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "DMX – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "DMX – Chart History: Rap Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "DMX – Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chartverfolgung / DMX / Singles". German Charts. Media Control Charts. Retrieved May 1, 2014.