With all the drama DMX done put himself through in the recent past (streaking hotel corridors, hollering for mama on a scary carnival ride, etc), you could have forgotten he’s into making rap albums. But Dark Man X has served up a reminder of the skills that made him king back in the late 90s with his latest album ‘Redemption of The Beast’.
Precious little hype
Perhaps to make up for the two-year lapse since ‘Undisputed’, the former Ruff Ryder avalanches us with 16 tracks on his new album, due January 13. There’s been precious little hype going into the release of this project so my guess is as good as yours as to what’s in store. But according to his PR guys, we can expect braggadocio about the dog years X has in the game, delivered with as much bite and snarl as during his glory days. We can also look forward to classic double R beats and a handful of features (including one with Rampage, remember him?).
The man otherwise known as Earl Simmons joins a growing list of hip hop blasts from the past. December last year saw the release of Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ and we should soon be having a new solo project from Raekwon. There’s been new stuff from Redman and Q-Tip should also be dropping something soon. As should (say it ain’t so!) Master P. Thing is, most of the above tested the waters with singles before hitting us with a full project- like recording artists normally do. X hits us with his 16-track LP like a thug jumping you in a blind alley. Well let’s wait and see if the 44 year-old still got it.
Miami Based, Internationally Known