It took DMX a long time to reach the pinnacle of success but when he got there he certainly took the world by storm. With his first release 1998’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and the quick follow up Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood he took over the rap game. By 1999’s …And Then There Was X, DMX was a bonafide superstar in popular culture. Since then his popularity has waned mostly due to legal issues that consistently plague his life but at one time he was poised to be one of the greatest rappers of all time and many would argue that he reached that upper echelon. Looking at his catalog it isn’t hard to see why people think so highly of him. With this list I wanted to put together what I thought DMX’s best songs were and give a little take about what I like about them personally. I don’t know how you can ever successfully please everybody with one of these greatest hits lists so I’m not going to try. These songs get my vote. So here is my list of the best DMX songs.
Ruff Ryders Anthem – Best street anthem of all time? Perhaps. This song was huge when it came out and has been featured in numerous movies and commercials. The instrumental is insane.
Party Up– DMX was already a huge star but I think this song took it to another level in 1999. It was everywhere and I remember hearing it constantly but never not feeling hyped up afterwards.
Get At Me Dog– Another standout from It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.
How’s It Goin’ Down– This was his first single off of It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and consequently my earliest memory of X. During that year they used to play this on MTV’s old rap countdown show (not sure if it was still MTV Raps) and along with Outkast’s Rosa Parks became one of my favorite songs as a fifth grader. I still listen to it a few times a week.
Damien– DMX raps in two different voices and it could be his best track ever. Great storytelling, a haunting instrumental, and very creative.
Stop Being Greedy– Think death is wrong so I’m going to keep holding on til what’s left is gone.
For My Dogs– A song about loyalty to you friends albeit from a street perspective.
Slippin‘- A song with DMX that has its energy levels taken down but with a fierce edge to it. A very introspective song and quite brilliant.
Dogs for Life– Another song about friends, loyalty, and the possibility of betrayal.
What’s My Name?- How crazy was this beat? I think that DMX is the only rapper that could have properly done it justice and he did just that. Awesome song.
D-X-L (Hard White)- A great collaboration track with the Lox and Drag-On.
What These Bitches Want– Features Sisqo. You thinkin’ life, I’m thinkin’ more like what’s up tonight? C’mon ma, you know I gotta wife and even if that pussy’s tight I’m not gonna jeopardize my life.
Angel– A powerful song off of And Then There Was X. DMX is at his best on deeper tracks and this one where he discusses life with God is an example of just that.
Comin’ for Ya– Run hide duck duck.
Blown Away– Probably one of his most underrated tracks. I was that robbery kid with no gun and no mask.
Lord Give Me a Sign– DMX talking to the lord again but this has a totally different feel from Angel, more aggressive.
Grand Finale– Method Man, Nas, DMX, and Ja Rule? Hell why not this song is still hot.
Ain’t No Sunshine– A far cry from the Jackson 5 track but this one is simply amazing and you’ll be nodding your head right along to it.
Where the Hood At– Lyrically this isn’t DMX’s strongest performance but the beat and the intensity at which he delivers those lyrics makes this one a classic and a great track to workout to.
Get It on the Floor– A club banger that I think I heard too many times to have the same appreciation for it after all these years. But if you haven’t heard it check it out, I know many non-rap fans who like this cut.
We Right Here– This for me is one of the top three DMX songs ever. It’s gritty and just puts you in the mood to fight. Bring it! What? We right here!
X Gon Give It To Ya– Another fantastic hype track.
Who We Be- They don’t knoowwwwww who wee beeeeeeee.