ALBUM THROWBACK: DMX | ...AND THEN THERE WAS X (1999)
Rapper and actor DMX tragically died at the age of 50 on April 9, 2021, so we are looking back at one his best-selling albums, ..." And Then There Was X," released on December 21, 1998. The album included the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)." His 2003 singles "Where the Hood At?" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya" were also some of his most popular. The album went on to be certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA on February 7, 2001. DMX is easily one of the biggest stars in hip-hop history, selling over 74 million albums worldwide, and is the first artist to drop two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year, and six of his seven albums have all topped the charts.
The album may not get the same love as his timeless first two LPs, but '...And Then There Was X’ is catchy yet sonically and lyrically aggressive hit-making. Tracks like ‘What’s My Name,’ ‘What These Bitches Want’ and ‘Party Up (In Here)’ are all considered classic songs and were inescapable from late 1999 and the better part of 2000. Over 20 years have passed since the album was released, and DMX will forever be revered as a lyrical god and rap royalty. RIP DMX.