ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
X is back and he's
Bloodline/ Ruff Ryders/ Def Jam
a two-year hiatus, DMX is back with his final album. Where has
X been and what the hell has he been doing? Major motion pictures
would be the answer.
The X man isn't very happy with his record
label, claiming he was ripped off for a large amount of money.
He doesn't make these accusations in such a pleasant manner
though and I doubt you would either if you had made over $120
million in record sales and seen only four of it. X (known as
Earl Simmons to his mom) has always been an angry man and on
this album he's back with vengeance.
This is definitely one of DMX's more polished
albums, having been over a year in the making. The record is
deep, but not in a depressing way like X's last one and is one
of 2003's finer rap LPs - on par with 50 Cent.
If the latest DMX album sounds like anything,
it sounds like Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of My Blood, X's second
LP. Swizz Beatz worked his ass off this time and definitely
came back as Ruff Ryder's finest producer. "Get It On The
Floor" is an amazing party cut and could easily be chosen,
if it hasn't already, as X's second single.
A lot of talk about theft, murder and bitches
complement this album quite well. X goes off on several tangents,
which exhibit his manic-depressive nature, in addition to the
rather sobering fact he has spent half of his life either in
the psychiatric hospital or in a jail cell. As always, it's
a rough ride when listening to a DMX album.