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It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
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Studio album by DMX


May 12, 1998


September 1996 - July 1997


New Horizon Sounds Studio
(Capitol Heights, Maryland)
Power House Studios
(New York City)
Soundtrack Studios
(New York City)
Chung King Studios
(Manhattan, New York City)
Battery Studios
(New York City)
Sony Music Studios
(New York City)


Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Horrorcore, Conscious hip hop




Ruff Ryders Entertainment / Def Jam Recordings


Dee and Waah (exec.), Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, P.K., Irv Gotti (also exec.), Lil Rob, Young Lord

It's Dark and Hell Is Hot is the debut studio album by American rapper DMX. It was released in May 12, 1998 by Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Def Jam Recordings and PolyGram. Recording sessions took place at Power House Studios, Soundtrack Studios, Chung King Studios, Battery Studios and Sony Music Studios in New York City and at New Horizon Sounds Studios in Capitol Heights, Maryland from September 1996 to July 1997. Production was handled by Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, P.K., Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob and Young Lord. It features guest appearances by Kasino, Big Stan, Loose, Drag-On, The LOX and Ma$e.

The album is widely considered a classic among Hip hop fans and critics. the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, with selling 251,000 copies in its first week in the United States. The album was certified 4x Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 18, 2000. It's Dark and Hell Is Hot spawned the four hit singles: "Ruff Ryders Anthem", "Get At Me Dog", "How's It Going Down" and "Stop Being Greedy".

Track Listing[]

  1. "Intro" - 4:10
  2. "Ruff Ryders Anthem" - 3:34
  3. "Fuckin' wit' D" - 2:18
  4. "The Storm (skit)" - 1:01
  5. "Look Thru My Eyes" - 3:51
  6. "Get At Me Dog" (feat. Sheek Louch) - 4:03
  7. "Let Me Fly" - 4:13
  8. "X-Is Coming" - 4:19
  9. "Damien" - 3:42
  10. "How's It Goin' Down" - 4:43
  11. "Mickey (skit)" - 0:25
  12. "Crime Story" - 3:48
  13. "Stop Being Greedy" - 3:37
  14. "ATF" - 1:56
  15. "For My Dogs" (feat. Big Stan, Loose, Kasino & Drag-On) - 4:11
  16. "I Can Feel It" - 4:13
  17. "Prayer (skit)" - 2:32
  18. "The Convo" - 3:34
  19. "N@!#*z Done Started Something" (feat. The LOX and Mase) - 5:14

  • "X-Is Coming" features additional vocals by Jamie, Warren and Randy
  • "I Can Feel It" features additional vocals by Nardo



  • "Beyond Forever" by James Mtume

Fuckin' Wit' D

  • "Shifting Gears" by Johnny "Hammond" Smith

Get At Me Dog

  • "Everything Good to You (Ain't Always Good to You)" by B.T. Express

Let Me Fly

  • "Lo Dudo" by Jose Jose


  • "Slow Dance" by Stanley Clarke
  • "Concert for Harpsichord, Strings & Continuo No. 1 in D Minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach

How's It Going Down

  • "God Make Me Funky" by The Headhunters feat. The Pointer Sisters

Crime Story

  • "Easin' In" by Edwin Starr

Stop Being Greedy

  • My Hero Is a Gun" by Michael Masser

I Can Feel It

  • In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins

The Convo

  • "Nights on Broadway" by The Bee Gees
  • "Somebody's Knockin'" by Terri Gibbs

N*!^az Done Started Something

  • "Love Potion Cheeba-Cheeba" by Mighty Tom Cats
  • "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" by Marvin Gaye