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Single by DMX
from the album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
B-side Ruff Ryders' Anthem
How's It Goin' Down
Released November 27, 1998
Format 12-inch single
Recorded 1998
Genre Conscious hip hop
Length 5:05
Label Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s) E. Simmons
Producer(s) DJ SHOK
DMX singles chronology
"How's It Goin' Down"
"No Love 4 Me"

"Slippin'" is a song by American hip hop recording artist DMX, released as the first single from his second studio album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998). The song peaked at #30 on the UK Singles Chart, and at #60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

This song also features credited background vocals from future American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray.


The track was produced by DJ Shok of Ruff Ryders, who was a newcomer to the team. The album contains the clean version as the publishing owners of the subsequently mentioned sample would not allow DMX to include it if he would use foul language. Multiple uncensored versions were leaked onto the internet, one including female vocals from the hook, but censoring part of the third stanza saying "Wasn't long, before I hit rock bottom, niggaz talkin' shit like, 'Damn, look how that (rock) got 'em'", and another version completely uncensored, but without the female vocals in the hook.

The song samples Grover Washington, Jr.'s Moonstreams, from the album Feels So Good.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video portrays DMX's youth.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999)[1] Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 60
UK Singles Chart 30


  1. ^ allmusic DMX > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles

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