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Album Review

In such a time of confusion, it's eerie that DMX would dub his latest vehicle, "The Great Depression." After all, we are still recovering from the greatest tragedy our generation will hopefully have to endure. While X continues to cater his music to the misguided soul, he does reinvent himself to some extent on "The Great Depression." The end result is a more self-contained X, which minus two Swizz Beatz contributions finds Darkman virtually cutting all ties to his Ruff Ryder Click, and cozying up to a slew of un-established producers who add a new wrinkle to his usually resolute sound. Though the recording move from NY, to Arizona may have initially raised some eyebrows (Anyone remember Public Enemy's "By The Time I Get To Arizona"?). The very same desert sanctuary X sought recording asylum in contains a duality that plays into his strengths, as the desert can be as tranquil as the Dalai Lama, and as savage as a rapid pit bull. X taps into both of those facets with equal ferocity on "The Great Depression"—-with varying results. While X attacks street-anthems such as "We Right Here", and the rugged "Who We Be" (tadanh, tadanh, tadanh) like a powder keg ready to detonate. These gully bangers are levied by X's newfound reliance in God; exemplified by the yearning "A Minute For Your Son", and the touching ode to his Grandmother "I Miss You" f/Faith Evans. Fortunately these hard knock life accounts play out better then the misogynistic set-up track "Shorty Was The Bomb", and the bland soul sample ("Whatcha Gonna Do" With My Lovin') that X and Dame Grease lift for the tepid "When I'm Nothing" f/Stephanie Mills.

Customer Reviews


Even though their are a few songs that only show unrelenting and brutal violence, most of these song like I Miss You, Trina Moe, Prayer IV, and Who We Be show significent emotional and spiritual depth.


X bears his soul and lets you know who he is on this album, i bought this album in a CD warehouse for 3 bucks in tallahasse, i had never really listened to DMX before this and only knew his mainstream hits such as ruff ryders anthem. I bought the album listened to it from begining to end and DMX is now one of my favortie musicians. Even after i listened to his other albums (its dark and hell is hot, flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood) this is still my favorite. All his music is motivational, rough and real. Keep it up X

DMX's Most Overlooked Album

Unfortunately the end of the album is cut off (someone has to explain to me why iTunes does this). Even so this is still an awesome album. Shorty Was da Bomb is hillarious. My two personal favorites are We Right Here and When I'm Nothing. Who We Be was widely popular and I Miss You is a good song which is a tribute to his grandmother. And of course there's the continuation songs Damien 3 and Prayer IV (which isn't really song). Trina Moe and I'ma Bang are also quality songs. I think X is a little harder on this album than on "And then there was X" but not by much and not nearly as hard as his first 2 albums. He also keeps up a similar style to his last album as this one also just seems to flow really well. If you buy all the good songs on this album you might as well just buy the whole thing like a previous writer stated.


Born: December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the undisputed reigning king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. His rapid ascent to stardom was actually almost a decade in the making, which gave him a chance to develop the theatrical image that made him one of rap's most distinctive personalities during his heyday. Everything about DMX was unremittingly intense, from his muscular, tattooed...
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