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 19, 1998
Recorded 1996-98
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. The album was released May 19, 1998, on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings.[1] The album featured four singles with music videos, "Get at Me Dog", "Stop Being Greedy", "How's It Goin' Down" and the "Ruff Ryders Anthem". The album is widely considered a classic by numerous hip hop fans and critics.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

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

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."[3] 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."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 1 on The Billboard 200, and sold 251,000 copies in its first week.[9] It was certified 4x Platinum by RIAA on December 18, 2000.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob 4:09
2. "Ruff Ryders' Anthem"   Swizz Beatz 3:34
3. "Fuckin' wit' D"   P.K., Dame Grease 2:18
4. "The Storm (Skit)"   Dame Grease, P.K. 1:00
5. "Look Thru My Eyes"   P.K. Dame Grease 3:50
6. "Get at Me Dog" (featuring Sheek Louch) Dame Grease, P.K. 4:03
7. "Let Me Fly"   Dame Grease, Young Lord 4:12
8. "X-Is Coming"   P.K. 4:18
9. "Damien"   Dame Grease 3:42
10. "How's It Goin' Down" (featuring Faith Evans) P.K. 4:42
11. "Mickey (Skit)"     0:25
12. "Crime Story"   Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob 3:47
13. "Stop Being Greedy"   P.K., Dame Grease 3:37
14. "ATF"   Dame Grease 1:56
15. "For My Dogs" (featuring Drag-On, Big Stan, Loose & Kasino) Dame Grease 4:11
16. "I Can Feel It" (featuring Nardo) Dame Grease 4:12
17. "Prayer (Skit)"   Dame Grease 2:32
18. "The Convo"   Dame Grease 3:33
19. "Niggaz Done Started Something" (featuring The Lox & Mase) Dame Grease 5:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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