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5 Reasons Why DMX’s Debut Album Is A Classic Album

This week marked the 15th anniversary of DMX’s debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. The dark, raw offering introduced the world at large to DMX and helped change the late 90s, early 200s hip-hop landscape. Dust off your old CD and revisit why this album is a modern hip-hop classic. ---Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Vocal Delivery
Most rappers bark more than they bite, but for DMX, this was literal. The rapper’s brusque delivery was peppered with his signature dog barks and growls, which to this day, might be some of rap’s strangest ad libs. The album’s lead single, “Get At Me Dog,” was a fitting introduction to the animalistic rapper and proved that the dog was out for rapper blood.

Hardcore Lyrics
Darkness dominated DMX’s lyrical content on the album. Songs like “X Is Coming” were openly violent and horrifying while even introspective cuts like “Look Thru My Eyes” and “Let Me Fly” were depressing as hell. Rapper authenticity was never questioned when it came to Dark Man X; he was rapping bar by bar the bleak and twisted life he led.

Dark ‘N Emo
From the get go, DMX had star quality. The album and its subsequent music videos proved that X could do it all. He was dangerous but also alluring; men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. Cuts like “How’s It Goin’ Down” with Faith Evans showed his sex appeal, while retaining his male bravado (Not an easy task). One of the album’s standout cuts, “Prayer (Skit),” was a raw showing of contrition and asking God for guidance. X’s live performances of the affective cut still stand as some of rap’s most moving and by the end of many shows, X would literally be weeping onstage. Like 2Pac before him, DMX was not afraid to show emotion and let it all hang out and fans loved him for that.

Meet Swizz Beatz
Before Swizz Beatz was buying Basquiats and looking cutesy with wifey Alicia Keys, he was just another producer on the Ruff Ryders roster. Swizz, along with Irv Gotti and Dame Grease, produced much of the album, including the aggressively catchy “Ruff Ryders Anthem.” After It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, Swizz became a go-to producer for the rest of the Ruff Ryder roster and quickly turned into a celebrity in his own right

Def Jam Back
When the album came out in 1998, hip-hop was a landscape of shiny suits (Hi Diddy and Ma$e!) and party rap. It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot brought back gritty street rap and helped usher in new life into Def Jam Records. Soon thereafter, DMX, Jay-Z and Ja Rule would make Def Jam into a powerhouse and burn those shiny suits once and for all.

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Jenny from the Block chatted with the media outlet about the possibility of performing at next year’s game, which takes place in Miami.

"Yeah, we've thought about the Super Bowl… it's a big deal but we'll see," she said to the interviewer. "They make their own decisions over there." Last year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show performers were Maroon, and their performance features appearances from Travis Scott, Big Boi and even Spongebob Squarepants and the Bikini Bottom ‘Bubble Bowl” band.

Lopez is currently on the road performing on her It’s My Party Tour, which will reportedly wrap in the Florida hot spot next week (Jul. 25, 26 and 27). The concert series is to celebrate her milestone 50th birthday on Jul. 24.

J. Lo also made headlines for her jaw-dropping appearance as the lead actress in the trailer for the upcoming film, Hustlers, where she plays a stripper alongside Cardi B, Keke Palmer, Constance Wu and many more.

Watch her Super Bowl comments here.

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Quavo Supports A$AP Rocky, Says He Was Also Targeted By Swedish Authorities

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After being prompted about cancelling shows in Europe a la Tyga in support of the Testing MC, the Migos member stated that while he wouldn’t cancel any shows, he is standing by A$AP, as he experienced a similar incident during his time overseas.

"Sweden had us down on the curb," he explained to the paparazzi. "Soon as we went to Sweden, they had me and my cameraman down on the curb and they were trying to lock us up too.”

“They ended up letting us go and it is what it is but Sweden is real tough,” he continues. “I don't know if I'd [cancel shows] but free my boy Rocky."

Despite reports, the 30-year-old MC is not being held in deplorable conditions. His lawyer Henrik Olson Lilja states that the rapper is in a common detention center and that he has no restrictions, meaning that he can “meet whomever he wants,” and that there is a waiting period to do so.

If convicted, A$AP Rocky faces up to six years behind bars.

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Chance The Rapper Reveals Details For Upcoming Debut Album

Summer 2019 has been a success for Chance the Rapper, from placing all of his mixtapes on major streaming platforms to having an appearance in the live-action remake of Disney's The Lion King. Now, the Chicago native has something else up his sleeve.

The "Juice" rapper took to his Twitter account on Tuesday (July 16), to tease a long-awaited announcement for fans if they watched the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that same day.

Watch fallon tonight at 10:30 Chicago time. Very important information #owbum pic.twitter.com/hi06QWqXJr

— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) July 16, 2019

During the interview, a light-hearted exchange between the two showed Fallon agreeing to pre-order the album only if Chance would disclose the release date and title. Once the purchase was complete, a roar of applause took over the studio and The Big Day, releasing July 26, was announced.

Jimmy pre-orders @chancetherapper’s new #owbum in exchange for major album details! Full reveal on #FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/A2KFog3BTU

— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) July 17, 2019

The Big Day 7/26 PREORDER @ https://t.co/vYAw6BptJu 💿💿 #owbum pic.twitter.com/cVBUrsQkGG

— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) July 17, 2019

Chance also told audience members the importance of this release, saying that in the past he never sold his projects, however, his debut album will have a price tag attached.

You can pre-order The Big Day here which includes a hard-copy CD and digital album.

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