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

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



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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2007
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602517340978
catalogNumber: 000898802
Rank: 8693

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DMX   Primary Artist
Clifford Branch   Keyboards
Schamika Grant   Background Vocals
Lovey Ford   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sarah Carter   Composer
Adam Gazzola   Engineer
Rich Keller   Engineer
DJ Scratch   Producer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Irv Gotti   Producer
Jonathan Mannion   Cover Photo
Shawn Carter   Composer
A. Fields   Composer
A. Hardy   Composer
Justice Johnson   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Audio Production
Grease   Audio Production
DJ Shok   Producer
Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic   Engineer
Melvin "Hip" Armstead   Producer
Rob Caiaffa   Marketing

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