Year of the Dog... Again

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Year of the Dog... Again
Studio album by DMX
Released August 1, 2006
Genre Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 54:26
Label Ruff Ryders, Sony Urban, Columbia
Producer Swizz Beatz, Chad Elliott, Eddie "Shy Boogs" Timmons, Dame Grease, Scott Storch, Shok, Teflon, Elite , Sean Garrett
DMX chronology
Grand Champ
(2003)Grand Champ2003
Year of the Dog... Again
Singles from Year of the Dog... Again
  1. "We In Here"
    Released: April 11, 2006
  2. "Lord Give Me a Sign"
    Released: September 3, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (60/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B−[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Now 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (6/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin (2/10)[1]
Stylus Magazine B+[8]

Year of the Dog... Again is the sixth studio album by American rapper DMX. The album was released on August 1, 2006, by Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Sony Urban Music and Columbia Records. The album was supported by the singles "We in Here" and "Lord Give Me a Sign".

The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the Rap Charts with 125,000 copies sold.[9] It was DMX's first album to not debut at number one on the Billboard 200.


At Metacritic, the album got a score of 60 out of 100 based on "mixed or average reviews".[1] 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."[10] 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."[11] 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."[12] 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."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Dame Grease 1:32
2. "We in Here" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Swizz Beatz 3:54
3. "I Run Shit" (featuring Big Stan) Swizz Beatz 3:56
4. "Come Thru (Move)" (featuring Swizz Beatz & Busta Rhymes) Swizz Beatz 3:42
5. "It's Personal" (featuring Styles P & Jadakiss) The Tuneheadz 3:44
6. "Baby Motha" (featuring Janyce) Swizz Beatz 4:41
7. "Dog Love" (featuring Amerie & Janyce) Chad Elliot & Eddie "Shy Boogs" Timmons 3:42
8. "Wrong or Right? (I'm Tired)" (featuring Bazaar Royale) Elite 5:24
9. "Give 'Em What They Want" Scott Storch 2:46
10. "Walk These Dogs" (featuring Kashmere) Dame Grease 2:56
11. "Blown Away" (featuring Janyce & Jinx) Divine Bars 4:02
12. "Goodbye" Da Gutta Fam 4:50
13. "Life Be My Song" Dame Grease 4:02
14. "The Prayer VI" DMX 1:30
15. "Lord Give Me a Sign" Scott Storch 3:28


Chart (2006) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 70
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 39
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 43
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 7
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 37
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 22
US Billboard 200[23] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[24] 1
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[25] 1


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  2. ^ Andy Kellman (2006-08-01). "Year of the Dog...Again - DMX | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan. "Year Of The Dog Again · DMX · Music Review DMX: Year Of The Dog Again". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  4. ^ Fiore, Raymond (2006-08-04). "Year of the Dog... Again Review". Entertainment Weekly: 68. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  5. ^ Angus Batey. "CD: DMX, Year of the Dog...Again". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
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  7. ^ "DMX: Year Of The Dog...Again (Explicit) : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 2006-07-31. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  8. ^ "DMX - Year of the Dog…Again - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  9. ^ "'NOW 22' Edges Out DMX's 'Dog' At No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
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  11. ^ "DMX - The Year of the Dog Again". HipHopDX. 2006-08-04. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  12. ^ "Year Of The Dog, Again". AllHipHop. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
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  22. ^ "DMX | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  23. ^ "DMX – Chart history" Billboard 200 for DMX. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  24. ^ "DMX – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for DMX. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
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