DMX’s “And Then There Was X” Turns 20

DMX’s “And Then There Was X” Turns 20

Happy 20th Anniversary to DMX and his album …And Then There Was X. The third album from DMX was released on December 21, 1999, by Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings. This album was nominated for a Grammy and was certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. DMX released three singles, “What’s My Name”, “Party Up (Up in Here)”, which became the biggest song of his career, and the third single “What These Bitches Want” featuring Sisqó. 

This album sold 700,000 copies in its 1st week and went on to sell  5 million copies and certified 5x Platinum making it DMX’s best-selling album to date. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart and this made DMX the only  Hip Hop artist to have their first five albums enter the Billboard 200 Chart at the #1 spot

“Though it’s DMX’s third album in two years, …And Then There Was X doesn’t show much sign of burnout. True, it’s similar to his last, which balanced new-school gangsta tracks (“The Professional,” “Make a Move”) with a couple that question the inevitable trappings that come with success (“Fame,” “One More Road to Cross”).”

AllMusic Review by John Bush

DMX started his rap career in the early 1990s before catching his break when he released his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998. The album not only had critical acclaim but it became a commercial success, selling 251,000 copies within its first week of release. He released his best-selling album. Later that year in December, DMX released his second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, where it remained for three consecutive weeks. Within one week of the album’s release, 670,000 units were shipped. It was eventually certified Platinum four times. Then he released, … And Then There Was X, in 1999, which included the hit single “Party Up (Up in Here)”. Since his debut, DMX has released seven albums and still holds the record for only hip hop artist to have five albums debut at number one on the Billboards chart.

DMX is easily one of the biggest stars in hip hop history, selling over 74 million albums worldwide, and is the first artist to drop two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year and six of his seven albums have all topped the charts. Dmx has been featured in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man. In 2003, DMX published a book of his memoirs entitled, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX. DMX signed a contract and reunited with Def Jam records this past September and has plans on releasing an album. 

When his album …And Then There Was X was released I couldn’t wait for Christmas to get my copy. I knew my mother bought it for me but I had to get it for myself because I couldn’t wait four days to hear it. I wound up with two copies and one I never opened and it was instantly one of my favorite albums. Dmx did not disappoint me with this album besides his hit singles, my favorite song on the album was “Here We Go Again” and another was “One More Road To Cross”. I was at the age where the music that was coming out would be the soundtrack to my life. 

Congratulations and salute to DMX and the 20th anniversary of his album “…And Then There Was X” and much success in the future and thanks for providing the music and energy to the people. 

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