Personnel includes: DMX, Faith Evans, Stephanie Mills, Mashonda.
Producers include: DMX, Damon "Grease" Blackman, Black Key, Kidd Kold, Chad Elliot.
Recorded at The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, Florida and Chaton Studios, Phoenix, Arizona.
"Who We Be" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
Judging from his history of multi-platinum albums and successful film appearances, it would make more sense if DMX were happy rather than depressed. But then he might not have the same impact on his fans. THE GREAT DEPRESSION is the fourth installment in the story of DMX's life. Produced by various members of the Ruff Ryders crew, including Swizz Beatz and P.K., X's latest fits the Ruff Ryders formula of hardcore rap music with just enough crossover appeal to go pop. "Right Here," the first single, is a mid-tempo anthem for hip-hop heads to ride along with. And songs like "Trina Moe" show off DMX's writing skills, often overlooked amid the fury of his performances. Ironically enough, DMX sounds a lot more joyful than usual on THE GREAT DEPRESSION. The rapper is still as gritty as he was on his debut, only now he has a wealth of experience to share not only with his native Yonkers, but with the world at large.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (11/22/01, p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...DMX still has his musical reflexes....maintaining his hard-rock chops on 'I'ma Bang', 'Who We Be' and 'Bloodline Anthem'..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/02/01, p.79) - "...Exhibits growth and honesty..." - Rating: B-
Q (p.134) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[P]acked with well-crafted anthems."
- School Street
- Who We Be
- Trina Moe
- We Right Here
- Bloodline Anthem (It's Our Time)
- Shorty Was The Bomb
- Damien III
- When I'm Nothing - (with Stephanie Mills)
- I Miss You - (with Faith Evans)
- Number 11
- Pull Up - (skit)
- I'ma Bang
- Pull Out - (skit)
- You Could Be Blind - (featuring Mashonda)
- Prayer IV, The
- Minute For Your Son, A