With an amazing run in Hip Hop and film there are very few success stories like Dark Man X’s or DMX for short. With the man stopping near the Lou for the 20th anniversary of his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, I decided to take a minute and rewind us back to a time of lyricism, anthems, and wild energy. You’d expect nothing less from a DMX show.

DMX 20th Anniversary It’s Dark and Hell is Hot at Pop’s 04/30 all ages.

The year was 1998 and DMX had the steets buzzin! After standout bars on Mase’s “24 Hours to Live” and The Lox’s, “Money, Power, Respect”, the unsigned artist was picked up by Def Jam and drops his first single, “Get at Me Dog”. When I tell you the industry and the streets were going crazy, I really mean it! No one could fade DMX. DMX was hot, how hot was he? Within a year of releasing his debut album and selling 231,000 units in his first week of sales in 1998, he dropped, Flesh of my Flesh Blood of my Blood the same year! X was the first rapper in history to release two albums in the same year and having both debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. It would be about this same time that Belly would drop cementing DMX’s rise to stardom.

The next year X released …And Then There Was X, the best selling album of his career at 6 times platinum. By this time X had sold nearly 15 million records within just a few years. By his 5th album Grand Champ he became the only rap artist ever to release 5 consecutive albums that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200!

DMX is said to slowly be working on an eighth studio album and is in the works of starring in Chronicles of a Serial Killer.

You can catch DMX at Pops in Sauget on 04/30 tickets are now on sale! DMX 20th Anniversary It’s Dark and Hell is Hot Concert

DeWarren Smith