Saturday Focus – Top 10 Songs From_ DMX

1.Ruff Ryders’ Anthem

Single by DMX

from the album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot

Released – May 5, 1998
Recorded – 1997
Genre – East coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length – 3:34
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Producer – Swizz Beatz
Certification – 5x Platinum (RIAA)

DMX singles chronology

“Stop Being Greedy”
(1998)”Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”
(1998)”How’s It Goin’ Down”
(1998)
“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” is a song by American hip hop recording artist DMX, released as the fourth single from his debut studio album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998). It ranks at #79 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. In the U.S. it peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song has since sold over 5,000,000 copies.

Background

Production

It was produced by a then unknown record producer, Swizz Beatz. Instrumentally, it was famous for the catchy sitar looping sound. The song was released in 1998 as a B-Side to “Slippin'”. The song is one of DMX’s best known singles.

Lyrics

The song is known for DMX’s singing on the chorus: “Oh, no/That’s how ruff ryders roll”. At the first verse “Niggas wanna lie, niggas wanna try, then niggas wonder why, niggas wanna die” in the dirty version is changed to “snitches wanna lie, snitches wanna try, then snitches wonder why, snitches wanna die” in the clean version.”With that shit on my brain” is changed to “with madness on my brain” in the clean version as well.

Charts

Charts (1998)Position

U.S. Billboard Hot 10094
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks33

“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Remix)”
Single by DJ Clue? featuring DMX, Jadakiss, Styles P, Drag-On and Eve
from the album The Professional

Released – 1999
Format – Radio airplay, 12″ vinyl
Recorded – 1997–1999
Genre – Rap, hip hop
Length – 3:52
Label – Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam
ProducerS – wizz Beatz, DJ Clue?, Ken

“Duro” Ifill
DJ Clue? singles chronology
“I Like Control”
(1999)”Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Remix)”
(1999)”Back 2 Life 2001″
(2000)
DJ Clue Remix
“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Remix)” features DMX, Jadakiss, Styles P, Drag-On, & Eve; and was released in 1999 as the third and final single from Clue’s solo debut, The Professional (1998).[2] The remix charted on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and was later on featured in Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories in the station “The Liberty Jam”.

Charts

Charts (1999)Position

U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[2]47

2. X Gon’ Give It To Ya

Single by DMX

from the album Cradle 2 the Grave

Released – January 20, 2003
FormatCD single, Vinyl single
Recorded – 2002
Genre – Hip hop
Length – 3:40
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s)Earl Simmons
Producer – Shatek
Certification – 4x Platinum (RIAA)

DMX singles chronology

“I Miss You”
(2001)”X Gon’ Give It to Ya”
(2003)”Get It on the Floor”
(2003)
“X Gon’ Give It to Ya” is a single by the rapper DMX from the soundtrack, Cradle 2 the Grave. The song also appeared as a hidden track on DMX’s greatest hits album, The Definition of X: The Pick of the Litter. The song found success on the charts, peaking at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100, #32 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #16 on the Hot Rap Tracks.

Song Production
Production

The song was produced by co-soundtrack organizer, Shatek, and it was written by DMX only, for the 2003 movie. To most, the song is one of DMX’s signature tracks and it can be found on over 20 compilation albums. There also exists a radio edit in which the profanity is censored.

In popular culture

The song featured in the 2003 video game, Def Jam Vendetta, which DMX also appeared in.
It is also known as the warm-up song of former Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady.
It is frequently used by the Xavier Musketeers basketball team.

Chart Performances

Chart (2003) [1]Peak Position

U.S. Billboard Hot 10060
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs32
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks16
UK Singles Chart6
German Singles Chart2
Swiss Singles Chart1

3. Party Up

Single by DMX

from the album …And Then There Was X

Released – June 6, 2000
Format – 12-inch single, CD Single
Recorded – 1999
Genre – Hip hop, east coast hip hop
Length – 4:32
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s)Earl Simmons, Kasseem Dean
Producer – Swizz Beatz

DMX singles chronology

“What These Bitches Want”
(2000)”Party Up (Up in Here)”
(2000)”Do You?”
(2000)
“Party Up (Up in Here)” is a song by rapper DMX. It is one of DMX’s more recognizable songs and is from his album …And Then There Was X, released in 1999. There are three versions of the song: an explicit/album version; a censored album version, and a radio/video edit version. The song is #56 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’00s.[1]

In popular culture

Michael Phelps listens to “Party Up” before his races, particularly his first world record and before he made the U.S. Olympic Team.[citation needed]
The video for “Party Up” was filmed in Galveston, Texas at what is presently the Frost Bank building.[citation needed] It depicts DMX as being caught up in a case of mistaken identity at a bank holdup.
The song appears on the soundtrack of the movie Gone In 60 Seconds (2000); it plays on the car radio of a stolen Humvee trying to evade the police.
The song is also featured in How High, a film starring Redman and Method Man, as well as the movies Like Mike, King’s Ransom, Coyote Ugly, Hardball, First Sunday, Broken City and Zack and Miri Make a Porno
The song also appeared in episodes of the television shows Malcolm in the Middle, Eastbound and Down and King of Queens.
After the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in 2000, in the locker room, they were singing the song.
The song takes shots at rapper Kurupt, for dissing him on “Callin Out Names” over DMX having an affair with Foxy Brown, Kurupt’s former fiance.
The song is featured in the beginning of Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly, a Dave Chappelle comedy special.
Professional wrestler Elix Skipper came out to a knock-off/interpretation of the song (with his own lyrics) as his entrance music while in WCW, following in the footsteps of pro wrestlers such as Diamond Dallas Page & Chris Jericho, who also used knock-offs of popular songs as entrance themes. [1]
In one scene from the 2002 film Like Mike, Bow Wow’s and Morris Chestnut’s characters sing the song in the car.
The censored version is also used in the video games, Def Jam Vendetta and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004.
In GB’s book Skool Daze, one of the characters from Croydon sings the song down the street after he passed his theory test.
Official Versions
LP Version / Album Version – Explicit
Radio Edit

Instrumental

Chart positions
Peak positions

U.S. Billboard Hot 10027
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks6
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles11
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs

4. Slippin’

Single by DMX

from the album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood

B-sideRuff Ryders’ Anthem
How’s It Goin’ Down

Released – November 27, 1998
Format – 12-inch single
Recorded – 1998
Genre – Hip hop, conscious rap
Length – 5:05
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s)E. Simmons
Producer – DJ SHOK

DMX singles chronology

“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”
(1998)”Slippin'”
(1998)”No Love 4 Me”
(1999)
“Slippin'” is a song by DMX, released as the first single from his second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. The song peaked at #30 on the UK Singles Chart, and at #60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

This song also features credited background vocals from future American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray.

Song Info

Production

The track was produced by DJ Shok of Ruff Ryders, who was a newcomer to the team. The album contains the clean version as the publishing owners of the subsequently mentioned sample would not allow DMX to include it if he would use foul language. Multiple uncensored versions were leaked onto the internet, one including female vocals from the hook, but censoring part of the third stanza saying “Wasn’t long, before I hit rock bottom, niggaz talkin’ shit like, ‘Damn, look how that (rock) got ’em'”, and another version completely uncensored, but without the female vocals in the hook.

Music Video

The song’s music video portrays DMX’s youth. Slippin’ is also known as one of DMX’s most poetic songs.[by whom?]

Samples

The song samples Grover Washington, Jr.’s Moonstreams, from the album Feels So Good.

Chart Performances
Chart (1999)[1]Peak Position

U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs60
UK Singles Chart30

5. Lord Give Me a Sign

Single by DMX

from the album Year of the Dog…Again

Released – 2006
Format – 12″ single, CD5
Recorded – 2006
Genre – Gospel Rap
Length – 3:28
Label – Ruff Ryders, Sony Urban, Columbia
Writer(s)E. Simmons, S. Storch
Producer Scott Storch

DMX singles chronology

“Innocent Man”
(2006)”Lord Give Me a Sign”
(2006)”Come Thru’ (Move)”
(2006)
“Lord Give Me a Sign” is a song by the American rapper DMX. It was the second single taken from his album Year of the Dog…Again.

Song Info

Even though the album cover has the RIAA Parental Advisory sticker, this song has no profanities. This is most likely due to DMX’s reputation. DMX has since decided to return to rap after being encouraged by Mase to wait for God’s calling to do so. It is also rumored that DMX made this song because he needs a sign to preach or stay rapping. The song was produced by Scott Storch.

Meaning

The song is about how DMX struggles with “trials and tribulations” throughout his life, all the while seeking strength from God to win the battles he faces.

Music Video

The video of the song shows DMX in a desert, perhaps trying to reenact the story of how Jesus spent forty days and nights in the desert. It also shows pictures of hurricane stricken Louisiana and other emotive images.

In Popular Culture

The song has been used as the main theme for DMX: Soul of a Man.
It has been featured in advertisements for the CBS television series The Unit
In the trailer for the movie Alpha Dog.
This song is also featured in an episode in season 4 of “The Wire”
In episode 15 (“Blinders”) in season 1 of “Friday Night Lights”.

The song was played during the end credits of the 2009 film Not Easily Broken.[1]

Charts

Chart (2006) Peak position

German Singles Chart31
Swiss Singles Chart65
UK Singles Chart84
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles22
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

6. Where The Hood At

Single by DMX
from the album Grand Champ

Released – 2003
Format – 12-inch single
Vinyl
Digital download
Recorded – 2003
Genre – Hardcore hip hop, east coast hip hop
Length – 4:46
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

Writer(s)E. Simmons

Producer Tune headz

DMX singles chronology

“Get It On The Floor”(2003)

“Where the Hood At?”(2003)

“We in Here”(2006)

“Where the Hood At?” is the lead single of DMX’s fifth studio album Grand Champ. The track is noted to be a diss record towards Ja Rule; particularly in the first verse. Allmusic stated “The anthemic lead single, ‘Where the Hood At,’ is precisely modeled after previous DMX rallying calls like ‘Ruff Rider Anthem,’ ‘What’s My Name?,’ and ‘Who We Be.'”

Song Info

Production

The clean version doesn’t have the third verse, unlike the explicit version. The producers for the song were the music creation team Tuneheadz. Recorded in 2003, it was one of the first singles to be available as a digital download via Amazon.com.

The song samples “I’ll Play the Blues for You” by Albert King. That song was originally sampled by Big Daddy Kane for the song Young, Gifted and Black.

Music Video

The music video is clean and is set in DMX’s neighborhood in Yonkers, New York. In the beginning of the video during DMX’s first verse, there is a man wearing a bandana and women’s pumps. He is believed to be an impersonation of Ja Rule, stating that he was a homosexual. This was in reference to Ja Rule being known for making many songs with various female artists. There are appearances from rappers Drag-On, Swizz Beatz, Fat Joe and Busta Rhymes. In the second half of the video, a song entitled “A’Yo Kato”, produced by Swizz Beatz, was added to pay tribute to his fallen friend.

Track listing

Where the Hood At?
Where the Hood At? (Instrumental)
Ruff Ryders’ Anthem

7. What these bitches want?

Single by DMX featuring Sisqó
from the album …And Then There Was X
B-side”Fame”

Released – February 20, 2000
Format – 12-inch single, CD Single
Recorded – 1999
Genre – East Coast hip hop
Length – 4:37
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s)E. Simmons/M. Andrews
Producer – Kenya “Fame Flames” Miller Nokio

DMX featuring Sisqó singles chronology

“What’s My Name?”
(1999)”What These Bitches Want”
(2000)”Party Up (Up in Here)”
(2000)
“What These Bitches Want” (Known by its radio-friendly title “What They Really Want”) is a song by rapper DMX. It is one of DMX’s best known songs[citation needed] and is from his album …And Then There Was X, released in 2000.

Song Info

Production

The single features Def Soul singer Sisqó and was billed on the front cover as “The Biggest in Rap meets The Biggest in R&B.” The subject matter in the song is past women in DMX’s life.

Music video

The video was directed by Hype Williams.

Chart positions

Chart

8. Get At Me Dog

Single by DMX featuring Sheek Louch
from the album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot

Released – February 10, 1998
Format 12 – inch single
Recorded – 1997 (song written in 1996)
Genre – Hardcore hip hop, East coast hip-hop
Length – 4:03
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s)E. Simmons/S. Taylor/A. Fields/D. Blackman
ProducerP.K. and Dame Grease

Certification Gold (RIAA)

DMX chronology

“Get at Me Dog”
(1998)”Stop Being Greedy”
(1998)
“Get at Me Dog” is the first single by DMX. It’s his debut single for Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings from his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. The single peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., making it DMX’s second highest peak on the chart, behind Party Up (Up in Here).

Song Info

Production

It features Sheek Louch of The LOX during the chorus, and the instrumental was produced by Dame Grease for Vacant Lot Production/Ruff Ryders Entertainment with an additional production by P.K. [1]

In Popular Culture
“Get at Me Dog” is also on the playlist of the video game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, on the fictional rap radio station The Liberty Jam.

Samples

The song samples “Everything Good to You (Ain’t Always Good for You)” by B.T. Express.

Chart positions

U.S. Billboard Hot 10039
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks19
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles6

9. We in here.

Single by DMX featuring Swizz Beatz

from the album Year of the Dog… Again

Released – June 2006
Format – CD single, digital download
Recorded – 2005
Genre – East Coast hip hop, rap
Length – 3:54
Label – Ruff Ryders, Sony Urban, Columbia
Writer(s)Earl Simmons, Kasseem Dean
Producer – Swizz Beatz

DMX singles chronology

“Where the Hood At?”
(2003)”We In Here”
(2006)”Innocent Man”
(2006)

Swizz Beatz singles chronology

“Whuteva”
(2005)”We In Here”
(2006)”New York Shit”
(2006)
“We in Here” is a song by American hip hop recording artist DMX, released in June 2006 as the lead single from his sixth studio album, Year of the Dog… Again (2006). The song features vocals and production from longtime friend and collaborator rapper-producer Swizz Beatz. The song is also known as a diss track towards his old label Def Jam Recordings.

Background

The song was produced by Ruff Ryder’s producer Swizz Beatz, who also contributed vocals on the chorus, various ad-libs in between verses, and a short, introductory passage at the beginning. The beat contains the trademark Swizz Beatz siren throughout, as well as horn sounds and pounding drums. The song samples Clarence Reid’s “Nobody but You Babe”.[1]

Rihanna diss

Towards the end of verse three, a short diss is sent towards Rihanna: “And for the record, what you gonna do to fill up my spot? I ain’t gon’ front, that Pon De Replay shit was kinda hot, not! How you gonna jack Will Smith for a beat, That’s like tryna jack me for the streets! It ain’t happenin’!”, this was probably due to the fact that Rihanna signed to Def Jam Recordings, the label DMX left because of creative differences.

Charts

Chart Peak position

U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles[2]25
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[3]90

10. What’s My Name?
Single by DMX

from the album …And Then There Was X

Released – 1999
Genre – Hip hop, hardcore rap
Length3:52
Label – Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s)DMX

ProducerSelf, Irv Gotti

DMX singles chronology

“It’s On”
(1999)”What’s My Name?”
(1999)”What These Bitches Want”
(2000)

“What’s My Name?” is a hip hop song performed by American rapper DMX, which was released in 1999. It is the first single released from his third album …And Then There Was X. The single peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

Development

Production

“What’s My Name?” was produced by Self and co-produced by Irv Gotti.

Music video

The video for “What’s My Name?” is somewhat similar to Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and Mint Condition’s “Is This Pain Our Pleasure.

Charts

Chart Peak position[1]

U.S. Billboard Hot 10028
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks8
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles6

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