It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

DMX - It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
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Based on 58 ratings
1998 Ratings: #40
May 19, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ruff Ryders, Def Jam / Label
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lukedog15
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It’s Dark and Hell is Hot is the debut album by east coast hardcore rapper, DMX. With any debut album, it is essential that you establish why you should be accepted into the industry and what attributes separate you from that other guy. On this debut album, DMX does just that with his sporadic, eager delivery of the trials and tribulations that he has faced in his upbringing. The variety in the album comes with the balance of violent, arrogant tracks that depict DMX as a vicious dog, like ... read more
Hypnoglitz
88
What other rapper matches this intensity? Love it.
DeathIsBest
82
This album is intense, gritty, and aggressive. What more could you ask for
Henny
90
Creepy at times, but overall amazing
90
Kind of blew me away. There's a reason DMX was sitting on the top for, what, a few months? The 2nd half of this album shifts away from his slightly-satirical gangster tracks into an evolving, morphing inquiry into conscience, spirituality, and the presence of god.
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Ruff Ryders' Anthem
  3. Fuckin' wit' D
  4. The Storm
  5. Look Thru My Eyes
  6. Get at Me Dog (feat. Sheek Louch)
  7. Let Me Fly
  8. X-Is Coming
  9. Damien
  10. How's It Goin' Down
  11. Mickey
  12. Crime Story
  13. Stop Being Greedy
  14. Atf
  15. For My Dogs (feat. Drag-On, Loose, Big Stan & Kasino)
  16. I Can Feel It
  17. Prayer
  18. The Convo
  19. Niggaz Done Started Something (feat. The Lox & Mase)
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