The people who know me best know that I’m a big DMX guy. My college baseball team took in and out to “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “X Gon Give It To Ya,” and listening to “Where The Hood At?” makes me feel like I can run through a brick wall. I’ve even seen his legendary acting skills in Never Die Alone multiple times.
Unfortunately, the years haven’t been as kind to DMX as well all would’ve hoped. Our boy has had many a stint in the slammer, and I’m fairly certain he’s had more kids than I have fingers. We haven’t been #blessed with some of X’s vicious lyrics and delivery on a full album in quite some time, which is why I was nothing short of thrilled this morning to see that we’ve possibly been graced with the first taste of a new album with a new single release “Bane iz Back.”
DMX is seeking retribution in 2017 with his partner-in-crime Swizz Beatz. After a steady 2016, which featured a slot on Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Reunion Tour and a few solo offerings including “Blood Red” and “Moe Wings,” X liberates his first hard-hitting banger of the year with “Bane iz Back.”
Before my thoughts, take a listen.
Getting some new DMX is always a real treat, so naturally, I eagerly fired up the new track and listened to it on repeat. It’s clear from the start that despite his personal strife, DMX hasn’t lost the growl-induced vocal prowess that makes him such an enjoyable listen.
I’d put “Bane iz Back” as the best DMX release since that video of him singing “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” surfaced. If you haven’t listened already then I hope someone growls at you in signature DMX fashion until you do.
This doesn’t have the fast-paced and amp-up style of the previously mentioned songs, but instead just serves as a verbal showcase for the lyricism and tone that DMX can still bring to the table. Here’s hoping the legend can stay out of the watchful eye of the feds long enough to drop a fire album on us that has us jamming out like it’s the late ’90s and barking at everyone we see. .
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