Two of DMX’s best works were December releases. Firstly, his second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood dropped on December 22nd, 1998, just 7 months after his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. This made DMX only the 2nd Hip Hop artist to release two albums in one year, with 2Pac being the first.
Flesh of My Flesh debuted at #1 on the charts and remained there for 3 weeks. With an all-star cast of features that included Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Jadakiss, and Marylin Manson, the record sold 670,000 units in its first week on its way to triple platinum status. Standout tracks included “No Love 4 Me” and my favorite from the album, the introspective “Slippin’”.
12 months later, on December 21st, 1999, DMX released his third album, …And Then There Was X. The album also debuted at #1 and would amass sales of over 5 million. Featuring standout production by Swizz Beatz, Nokio, and Irv Goitti, …And Then There Was X was powered by hit singles “Party Up”, “What’s My Name”, and “What These Bitches Want”. The album landed DMX a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, and given it was his third consecutive #1 album within roughly a 20 month span, legitimized X as one of the most successful and must-see artists of his time.
Simply put, at his peak, there were few, if any, more enigmatic, exciting, and entertaining emcees than DMX. As such, we at The Rap Flashback salute DMX for not only his two stellar December releases, but for a truly impressive, if not outright legendary, career. What’s ya’ll really waaaaant?!?!?!