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The Definition Of X: The Pick Of The Litter (Deluxe Edition)

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DMX 6/12/2007

Review

DMX's first five albums, from 1998's It's Dark and Hell Is Hot through 2003's Grand Champ, debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart. Though none of the releases is an undeniable classic, the accomplishment is lost in all the drama of DMX's life. It's also remarkable that, during these years, the MC racked up enough charting singles that a thorough compilation of them would bleed over to a second disc. This is, after all, one of the most unique artists in music -- rap or otherwise -- and much of the uniqueness comes down to an intensity level (with incisive, highly mechanized productions to match) that did not make many concessions to the mainstream. His first compilation, The Definition of X: Pick of the Litter, contains all but five of the charting singles predating Year of the Dog...Again, sticking to necessary material for the casual fan: the rallying calls ("Ruff Ryders' Anthem," "Get at Me Dog," "What's My Name"), the venomous rants ("What These B*tches Want," "We Right Here"), and even a couple choice album cuts that stood no chance on radio (like "Blackout," with Jay-Z and the LOX). The title of this disc is wholly appropriate. Those hungry for more can get more than they could possibly need with any one of the first three albums. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Prayer III DMX 1:58
  3. 2 Ruff Ryders' Anthem DMX 3:32
  4. 3 Get at Me Dog DMX 3:5
  5. 4 Stop Being Greedy DMX 3:36
  6. 5 How's It Going Down DMX 4:3
  7. 6 What These Bitches Want DMX 4:11
  8. 7 Blackout DMX 4:53
  9. 8 What's My Name? DMX 3:52
  10. 9 Where the Hood At DMX 4:45
  11. 10 Party Up (Up in Here) DMX 4:32
  12. 11 X Gon' Give It to Ya DMX 3:36
  13. 12 It's All Good DMX 4:17
  14. 13 Who We Be DMX 4:46
  15. 14 The Rain DMX 3:27
  16. 15 Here We Go Again DMX 3:53
  17. 16 No Love 4 Me DMX 4:0
  18. 17 We Right Here DMX 4:27
  19. 18 One More Road to Cross DMX 4:18
  20. 19 Slippin' DMX 5:3
  21. 20 Prayer (Skit) DMX 2:31

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