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5 Iconic Songs From DMX




Get at me, Dog,” was the first single from DMX’s debut album “Dark and hell is Hot.” DMX brought the heat with this debut single, where the signature hook,” where my dawgs at” became a rallying cry for every hood in America. This single set the stage for many more songs to come.



The fourth single from “Its Dark and Hell is Hot.” The fusion song was a blend of New York and Atlanta aesthetics, Which at the time was very unpopular for a New York Artist. The music video featured a bodybuilding crew lifting weights as motorcycles fly by doing wheelies. The song is considered one of hip hop’s greatest songs. This song DMX initially didn’t like because he called it a very elementary song that lacked substance. For most songs artists put out, it’s the song they least expect to become a hit.



In the 2000s, DMX was still smashing the Billboard charts. “Party Up” off of his album ” ..and Then There Was X,” ended being his highest-charting single and became a pop culture phenomenon. The song is featured in commercials, movies, tv shows, and video games. With Swizz Beats’ handy work over the track and DMX’s vocals, the song was a sure success.



“Slippin” is the most relatable in his catalog off of “Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood,” talks about his many issues. DMX lays his heart bare as he discusses the abuses, traumas he faced in his life, and victories. The Music video begins as DMX sits on top of steps as people walk by behind him, representing time passing and change. Quickly, the video hard cuts to him being brought back to life in an ambulance. With the signature hook,” ah yo, I am slipping am falling I can’t get up.” This is followed by a melancholy sample from Grover Washington jr’s “MoonStreams”. This song hits home for a lot of people, not just fans.

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DMX losing a bit of momentum dropped the album “Great Depression.” “Who We Be” was the only song to be on the Hot 100. The song masterfully strings together themes that affected the black community, such as police Brutality, Mass incarceration, Mental Health, and poverty conditions. You can see DMX in a jail cell as a metaphor for the condition of his people and an unavoidable reality for so many Blacks in America in the music video.

Edit: We Learned DMX passed away last afternoon; condolences to his family and well-wishers, we lost a legend, but his legacy will not be forgotten.

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