Review : DMX - The Weigh In
XXL MagOver the last few years, DMX has too often been in the headlines for what he’s done outside of music, rather than for the essence of why he became a household name in the first place. And it’s not in the way Will Smith’s name gets recognized for his non-musical pursuits. No, for X, it’s been posts on TMZ highlighting his run ins with the law, child support money he owed, and Waffle House floors he mopped up. Steadily, though, he’s been showing signs of a return to music, between the trickling out of a few new songs, collaborations with up and comers like MGK and Los, and now his new EP, The Weigh In.
For his first full body of work in over half a decade, DMX has the same core principles behind his music with this release. The first half of the project feels something like a vintage taste an aspect of what was so endearing about the Yonkers rapper when he first emerged: X serves up passionate and heartfelt bars of angst and vulnerability, delivered through his gravely vocals. “Where I Wanna Be,” featuring Big Stan, offers a glimpse of the Dog trying to find his way, complimenting a melodic, piano-driven beat with throwback bars like, “My life has a meaning, my life has a purpose/No matter how dark it gets, I knew that it was worth it.” Next, X gets with Snoop Dogg for “Shit Don’t Change,” a Dr. Dre beat previously used by Snoop for “Boss Life,” and then rides solo “On The Frontline,” using a cut once tackled by Drake on Comeback Season....full text
Dj BoothEast Coast rap legend DMX has returned with the release of his free EP, The Weigh In.
The project serves as a prelude to the Ruff Ryder Yonkers native’s forthcoming album release, the currently-unscheduled Undisputed, which will feature MGK-assisted single I Don’t Dance.
Joining X on The Weigh In are Big Stan, Snoop Dogg, and Tyrese. Production credits include veterans Dr. Dre and Dame Grease....full text
Under the gun reviewDMX has returned to rap music today with the release of his new mixtape, The Weigh In.
This is just a small taste until his forthcoming studio album, entitled Undisputed, hits stores everywhere. Hopefully the album will not be pushed back but that is something we can not determine. UTG will keep you updated on that.
Please head through the jump to stream and download X’s new project The Weigh In....full text
All hip hopOne upon a time, DMX’s scattershot frantic, staccato style was a dependable anchor that held down just about any song he appeared on. But, when he’s on songs like “Where I Wanna Be,” he really sounds like a punch-drunk version of himself. He’s got the fight, but the sharpness really isn’t there like the late ’90s and 2000s. On “Sh*t Don’t Change,” Snoop Dogg joins his fellow dog for a remake of 2009′S “Boss Life.” If you didn’t know this was a regurgitation, it would be possible to enjoy the song, but this record was an old Dr. Dre-produced hit.
All is not lost. The song “Last Hope,”which came out last year shows the depth and reaffirms why we still love DMX.
There’s no love lost for DMX, just disappointment. At least, all dogs to go heaven, no matter what....full text
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