DMX became rap's Ruffest Ryder in the late '90s and early '00s with a slew of #1 albums and club banging singles. After being out of the hip hop world for a hot minute; DMX is back with some raw and gritty tour dates.
The Yonkers, New York native first received attention in 1991 from The Source, which did a spot on him in the "Unsigned Hype" column. He made noise in 1997 as a guest on LL Cool J's single "4, 3, 2, 1," and on the Lox's "Money, Power & Respect". He released his major label debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, which landed at #1 in 1998. His sophomore album, Flesh of My Flesh, also hit #1 in 1998 making DMX only the second rapper to have two #1 albums in the same year.
DMX continued the flurry of #1 albums, releasing And Then There Was X (1999), The Great Depression (2001), and Grand Champ (2003). His most recent album, Year of the Dog…Again, narrowly missed the top spot in 2006 when it debuted at #2. When all is said and done, DMX has sold over twenty million records and has provided us with a lifetime of hits.
Swizz Beatz (born Kasseem Dean on August 30, 1978) is a New York-based American hip hop record producer/rapper of African American, Puerto Rican & Jamaican descent, and founder of the music label Full Surface Records. His songs are usually very "bouncy" and energetic, though his early work was known to be quite and arguably experimental—it reportedly took him an average of only 10 to 15 minutes to complete a song. In most modern Swizz Beatz productions, the quick uttered at the beginning and is accompanied by guest vocals from Swizz himself, although often uncredited.