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  • Summary: The fourth album for east coast rapper sees Black Key and DMX himself taking over the production reins from Swizz Beatz on all but two tracks.
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  1. 80
    Beyond the music, X's sincere subject matters keep the album enticing.
  2. Surely one of the rap game's most insightful voices.... The beats offer plenty of fresh surprises and the lyrics reflect DMX's increasing focus on introspection.
  3. 70
    The music remains a potent mix of stuttering party anthems and post-Biggie street sermons. [Feb 2002, p.114]
  4. Filled with the sort of aggressive, testosterone-fueled rage that has helped make DMX the Henry Rollins of hardcore hip-hop.
  5. With regular producer Swizz Beatz virtually absent here, this fourth album is definitely mixed. [Dec 2001, p.121]
  6. DMX is stuck at the crossroads that confronts every rapper trying to keep it real when reality no longer plays like an action movie.
  7. The most depressing thing about this album is that DMX's passion for rhyming seems to have been eclipsed by his success.

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  1. EricaP.
    Nov 11, 2001
    10
    i enjoy this album because i feel for the first time DMX is actually expressing how he really feels in this world today.
  2. FayyazV.
    Jun 21, 2002
    10
    X is the best rapper out there...he aint goin for this bling bling stuff, he goes deeper and that makes him great
  3. GodGod
    Jun 21, 2004
    10
    Hello everyone, this is God speaking, DMX is AWESOME!!!!!!
  4. Feb 24, 2012
    10
    DMX knows how to make classic albums. This album is a 10/10. DMX's lyrics are genius and also the beats. Now a days we need these classicDMX knows how to make classic albums. This album is a 10/10. DMX's lyrics are genius and also the beats. Now a days we need these classic albums the rejuvenate hip-hop again Expand

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