• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Aug 1, 2006
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Crucially, he shows all the sides of his personality, making this one of hip-hop’s most well-rounded albums of recent vintage.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Doesn't stray far from [his] trademark grimy style. [4 Aug 2006, p.68]
  3. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    Amped-up, aggressive and with a deep love for our canine friends, he arrives once again, shadow-boxing to the max. [19 Aug 2006, p.33]
  4. For much of its duration, Dog is good mean fun, but given the disc's overwhelming been-there-done-that quality, it might benefit the old dog to learn some new tricks.
  5. After a year of Kanye and Pharrell's Lacoste-sweater-vest raps, this gutter shit should find DMX welcomed back with a vengeance.
  6. His raps lay bare his constant inner conflicts, with his garrulous belligerence set to punishing, pugilistic beats.
  7. Rolling Stone
    60
    Thrives on a classic formula. [10 Aug 2006, p.98]
  8. It's more of the same old, same old.
  9. If he keeps going like this, it's a good bet that his best days are behind him.
  10. He talks about the fire he used to possess without rekindling those flames.
  11. Blender
    40
    [He] falls back on stagnant street tropes and the tinny synth-and-sneer antics of old standby Swizz Beatz. [Sep 2006, p.139]
  12. Spin
    20
    X's overlong albums have always been exhausting, and this time he sounds bored and fatigued. [Sep 2006, p.100]
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. BarryC.
    Apr 9, 2008
    2
    X can't decide if he wants to shoot you for f***in with his dope, or take you to church. Older albums much superior.
  2. SamirR.
    May 21, 2007
    10
    A crazy albun, dmx is the best!!!
  3. WilliamShatner
    Oct 25, 2006
    10
    X tears it down and kills it with his best since Flesh of My Flesh. Mad hot and ill beats. This record bit my ass track after track.