... And Then There Was X

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... And Then There Was X
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Studio album by DMX
Released December 21, 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre East Coast Hip Hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 72:14
Label Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Producer Dee & Waah Dean (exec.)
Swizz Beatz, PK, Dame Grease, Irv Gotti, Nokio, DJ Shok
DMX chronology
Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
...And Then There Was X
The Great Depression
Singles from ...And Then There Was X
  1. "What's My Name"
    Released: November 6, 1999
  2. "What These Bitches Want"
    Released: February 20, 2000
  3. "Party Up (Up in Here)"
    Released: June 6, 2000

... And Then There Was X is the third album by American rapper DMX, released December 21, 1999, on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings. In 2000, it was certified 4× Platinum and then later 5× Platinum. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammys.


The first single of the album, the club song 'What's My Name' was released, which received much airplay on urban radio and television. It reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The second single was the party anthem "Party Up (Up in Here)", which helped increased album sales. The album also featured more meaningful, introspective tracks such as "Fame" and "Here We Go Again", a heartfelt account of emotional dispute with his fictional protégé, 'Shorty', who he quotes as 'fucking up big time', forcing X to leave him to fend by himself in the streets.

Typical DMX tracks include the obligatory ladies track, "What These Bitches Want", featuring smooth vocals from R&B star Sisqó. The song was released as a third single in its edited form as "What You Want", to moderate radio airplay and a high-budget video from director Hype Williams. Also, the standard X aggressive joints include "Don't You Ever", "Coming For Ya" and "The Professional", wherein DMX documents a criminal's activities throughout the city.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Daily Vault B+[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
RapReviews (7/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[4]

Although not credited as his best work, ... And Then There Was X was well received by fans and critics alike, however, to some criticisms, the production style geared towards a more commercial and radio-friendly sound; a stark contrast to his previous work, which involved strong gothic and religious undertones (mainly connections between hell and his bad-deeds), boasting bloody and gruesome images over his album covers e.g. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood cover.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album sold very well selling roughly 698,000 units in its first week and went on to be certified 5x Platinum making it DMX's best-selling album to date.[7] The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, firmly ranking DMX within hip hop's only artist to have their first three albums enter the Billboard Top 200 Chart at the #1 spot.


... And Then There Was X was also released as a "clean" version that replaces explicit drug content and profanity with sound effects. Strangely, no violence was edited out except for gunshot sound effects in the background of some tracks and some content on the track "The Professional". Skits were also completely removed from the censored version, including the intro track. However, the track "Party Up (Up in Here)" appearing on this album is less censored than the radio/video edit.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The songs "Angel", "D-X-L (Hard White)" and the bonus track "Good Girls, Bad Guys" featured in the 2001 film Exit Wounds.
  • "Good Girls, Bad Guys" and "Party Up (Up In Here)" was featured in the 2001 comedy film How High

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured Guest(s) Time Sample(s)
1 "The Kennel" 0:36
2 "One More Road to Cross" Swizz Beatz 4:20
3 "The Professional" P. Killer Trackz 3:35
4 "Fame" Dame Grease 3:37
5 "A Lot To Learn" 0:39
6 "Here We Go Again" DJ Shok 3:52
7 "Party Up (Up in Here)" Swizz Beatz 4:28
8 "Make a Move" P. Killer Trackz 3:33
9 "What These Bitches Want" Nokio Sisqó 4:13
10 "What's My Name?" Self Service & Irv Gotti 3:52 "Warsaw Concerto" by Richard Addinsell
11 "More 2 a Song" P. Killer Trackz 3:42
12 "Don't You Ever" Swizz Beatz 3:48
13 "The Shakedown" 0:35
14 "D-X-L (Hard White)" Dame Grease The L.O.X. & Drag-On 4:21
15 "Comin' for Ya" Swizz Beatz 4:02
16 "Prayer III" 2:00
17 "Angel" Irv Gotti. Billy Gray Regina Belle 5:07
18 "Good Girls, Bad Guys" (Bonus Track) P. Killer Trackz & Charly (Shuga Bear) Charles Dyme 3:55
• Contains an interpolation of "Call Me" (R. Mutler)


Chart (1999) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 6
German Albums Chart 46
Netherlands Albums Chart 64
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1


Preceded by
All the Way... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 8–14, 2000
Succeeded by
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter by Jay-Z