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. 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.
At Metacritic, the album got a score of 60 out of 100 based on "mixed or average reviews".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." 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."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."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."
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.