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DMX on ...
feels like the first time
just don't give a ...
"I bear my soul"
other rappers will need therapy
"What Cha Gonna Do When I'm Nothin'?"
still loving the rap game
if he disses Jay-Z, you'll know it
it's all good with Ruff Ryders
teacher, preacher, guy in a wheelchair
Aaliyah's life was a blessing
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"Who We Be" [RealVideo]
"We Right Here" [RealVideo]
"Do You" [RealVideo]
"What They Want" [RealVideo]
"Party Up" [RealVideo]
"What's My Name" [RealVideo]
DMX live from the Cash Money/Ruff Ryders tour [RealVideo]
DMX live from the Cash Money/Ruff Ryders tour "Get At Me Dog" [RealVideo]
DMX live from the Cash Money/Ruff Ryders tour "What's My Name" [RealVideo]
DMX Diary [RealVideo]



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The last time DMX delivered an album was in December 1999. That's 14 in dog years, which is a long time for the man born Earl Simmons. Don't forget — this guy once released two #1 albums in the same year.

Well, if you're fiending for his fourth studio album, the wait is going to be a bit longer. The Great Depression's release date was recently moved back nearly a month to October 23 and DMX isn't happy about making his fans wait. He's already filmed videos for the album's first two singles, "Who We Be" and "You Must Be Blind," and sent a strong message with the song "We Right Here," which states, "We right here/ We ain't goin' anywhere."

Dark Man spent his time away from the charts appearing in hit movies such as "Romeo Must Die" and "Exit Wounds." He told MTV News' Sway Calloway that he's got his hunger back for the rap game, and that his new album's title refers to how his fellow MCs will feel when they hear it.


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Sway Calloway: How do you feel about coming back out? It's been quite some time.

DMX: Like I felt when I came out the first time, ya know? The little break got me a little hungrier. You work a little harder.

Sway: The song, "We Right Here," reminds me of the old dog. Are you going back to the beginning with this album?

DMX: I think so. This album reminds me of the first album. It's just where I felt I had to go.

Sway: Why have we been waiting so long for The Great Depression? Why has it been pushed back so many times?

DMX: [Def Jam] is gonna do what they're gonna do, and I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do. I don't even give a f--- no more, because I know when my sh-- drops, it's gonna be hot sh--. It doesn't even matter no more, dog. [RealVideo]

Sway: Are you worried about bootleggers?

DMX: Not really. They only bootleg in the 'hood.

Sway: That wouldn't affect your sales at all?

DMX: Nah.

Sway: You did a track called "I Miss You" with Faith Evans. What's that song about?

DMX: It's about my grandmother. I had to find a way to talk to her again. That was something that was real personal to me, and when something's on my mind like that, that's how it comes out, in lyrics. I'm telling her what's going on, how much I miss her, and how much she meant to me. [I'm also asking her] does she see what I'm doing now?




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