It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

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It's Dark and Hell is Hot
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Studio album by DMX
Released May 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)
Studio New Horizon Sounds Studio, Inc.
(Capitol Heights, Maryland)
Power House Studios, Soundtrack Studios, Chung King Studios, Quad Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 65:10
Label Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Producer Dame Grease, Irv Gotti, P.K., Swizz Beatz
DMX chronology
Unleashed & Unreleased
(1998)
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
(1998)
Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
(1998)
Singles from It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
  1. "Get at Me Dog"
    Released: February 10, 1998
  2. "Stop Being Greedy"
    Released: March 7, 1998
  3. "Ruff Ryders' Anthem"
    Released: May 5, 1998
  4. "How's It Goin' Down"
    Released: June 9, 1998

It's Dark and Hell is Hot is the debut studio album by American rapper DMX. It was released on May 12, 1998 in North America, while it was released May 19, 1998 in the United Kingdom,[1] by Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings.[2] It was supported by these four singles—"Get at Me Dog", "Stop Being Greedy", "How's It Goin' Down" and "Ruff Ryders Anthem"—with their accompanied music videos. The album is widely considered a classic by numerous hip hop fans and critics.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
The Daily Vault A-[5]
Entertainment Weekly C[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
RapReviews (8/10)[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
The Source 4/5 stars[7]
Spin (6/10)[7]

It's Dark and Hell Is Hot was met with critical acclaim from music critics. AllMusic commented that "Unlike so many other hardcore rappers who are more rhetorical than physical, DMX commands an aggressive aura without even speaking a word."[4] Leading Hip Hop magazine The Source described the album as "a mind-gripping opus that fully encompasses the appeal of one of rap's newest sensations."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and sold 251,000 copies in its first week in the United States.[10] The album became certified quadruple platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 18, 2000.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"  
4:10
2. "Ruff Ryders' Anthem"  
Swizz Beatz 3:34
3. "Fuckin' wit' D"  
2:18
4. "The Storm (skit)"  
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
  • Fields
  • Joaquin Dean
  • Mad Man
  • Dame Grease
  • PK
  • Waah (add.)
  • Mad Man (add.)
1:01
5. "Look Thru My Eyes"  
  • Simmons
  • Fields
  • Blackman
  • PK
  • Dame Grease (co.)
3:51
6. "Get At Me Dog" (featuring Sheek Louch)
  • Dame Grease
  • PK (add.)
4:03
7. "Let Me Fly"  
4:13
8. "X-Is Coming"  
  • Simmons
  • Fields
PK 4:19
9. "Damien"  
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
Dame Grease 3:42
10. "How's It Goin' Down"  
  • Simmons
  • Fields
PK 4:43
11. "Mickey (skit)"  
  • Simmons
  • Fields
  • J. Dean
  • Rajah Winn
PK 0:25
12. "Crime Story"  
  • Irv Gotti
  • Lil Rob
3:48
13. "Stop Being Greedy"  
  • PK
  • Dame Grease (add.)
3:37
14. "ATF"  
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
Dame Grease 1:56
15. "For My Dogs" (featuring Big Stan, Loose, Kasino and Dragon)
Dame Grease 4:11
16. "I Can Feel It"  
Dame Grease 4:13
17. "Prayer (skit)"   Simmons Dame Grease 2:32
18. "The Convo"  
  • Simmons
  • Blackman
  • Barry Alan Gibb
  • Maurice Ernest Gibb
  • Robin Hugh Gibb
  • E. Penney
  • John Gillespie
Dame Grease 3:34
19. "Niggaz Done Started Something" (featuring The Lox and Mase) Dame Grease 5:14
Total length:
1:05:15
Notes
  • Track listing and credits from album booklet.
  • "X-Is Coming" features additional vocals by Jamie, Warren and Randy.
  • "I Can Feel It" features additional vocals by Nardo.
Sample credits
Courtesies

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[12] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - DMX | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  2. ^ "DMX | Biography, Albums, & Streaming Radio". AllMusic. 1970-12-18. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  3. ^ "50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987 - 2007)". Rap.about.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  4. ^ a b Jason Birchmeier (1998-05-12). "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - DMX | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  5. ^ "The Daily Vault Music Reviews :". Dailyvault.com. 2006-12-27. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  6. ^ Mukherjee, Tiarra. "It's Dark and Hell is Hot | Music Review | Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Dmx - It's Dark and Hell Is Hot CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 1998-05-19. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  8. ^ "Feature for January 28, 2003 - DMX's "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot"". Rapreviews.com. 2003-01-28. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  9. ^ DMX (1998-06-18). "DMX: It's Dark and Hell Is Hot : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  10. ^ "Now! 22 Ends DMX’s Billboard Winning Streak". MTV. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 18, 2015". RIAA. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  12. ^ "DMX – Chart history" Billboard 200 for DMX. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "DMX – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for DMX. Retrieved October 23, 2014.