Following the deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., DMX took over as the reigning, undisputed king of hardcore rap. He was that rare commodity: a commercial powerhouse with artistic and street credibility to spare. His rapid ascent to stardom was actually almost a decade in the making, which gave him a chance to develop the theatrical image that made him one of rap's most distinctive personalities during his heyday.
DMX was the first artist ever to have his first four albums enter the charts at No. 1.
Columbia subsidiary Ruffhouse first signed DMX to a deal and released his debut single, "Born Loser." However, a surplus of talent on the Ruffhouse roster left DMX underpromoted, and the label agreed to release him from his contract. He issued one further single in 1994, "Make a Move," but was convicted of drug possession that same year, the biggest offense of several on his record. DMX began to rebuild his career with an appearance on one of DJ Clue's underground mixtapes.
In 1997, he earned a second major-label shot, with Def Jam, and made a galvanizing guest appearance on LL Cool J's "4, 3, 2, 1." Further guest spots on Mase's "24 Hours to Live" and fellow Yonkers MCs the LOX's "Money, Power & Respect" created an even stronger buzz, and in early 1998, he released his debut Def Jam single, "Get at Me Dog." This album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts.
Before the end of 1998, DMX completed his second album and a pending buyout of Def Jam pushed the record into stores that December. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood entered the charts at No. 1 and eventually went triple platinum. The following year, DMX hit the road with Jay-Z and the Method Man/Redman team on the blockbuster Hard Knock Life tour.
The Ruff Ryders posse-- of which DMX was a core founding member-- released a showcase compilation, Ryde or Die, Vol. 1. With contributions from DMX, as well as Eve, the LOX, and multiple guests, Ryde or Die, Vol. 1 debuted at No. 1 in the spring of 1999, further cementing DMX's Midas touch.
Toward the end of 1999, DMX released his third album, ...And Then There Was X, which became his third straight to debut at No. 1. It also produced his biggest hit single since "Get at Me Dog," "Party Up (Up in Here)," which became his first Top Ten hit on the R&B charts.
DMX appeared on the big screen with a major supporting role in the Jet Li action flick "Romeo Must Die." He then appeared in the Steven Seagal action film "Exit Wounds," which opened at No. 1 in the box office. DMX also contributed the hit single "No Sunshine" to the soundtrack and signed a multi-picture deal with Warner Bros. in the wake of "Exit Wounds'" success.
He returned to the studio and completed his fourth album, the more introspective "The Great Depression." It was released in the fall of 2001 and became his fourth straight album to debut at No. 1. Although it went platinum quickly, it didn't have the same shelf life as his previous releases. In late 2002, DMX published his memoirs as -E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX and also recorded several tracks with Audioslave. Just prior to his next album's release, his revealing BET reality program made its debut. A compilation titled Definition of X: Pick of the Litter was issued in June 2007.
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