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Thursday, February 23
Better than: Time travel.
Shot in grainy black-and-white in NYC's notorious Tunnel nightclub, the 1998 music video for DMX's first single "Get At Me Dog" was pure, unadulterated hip-hop; it set X apart as a raw, menacing rapper at a time when the genre was inundated with braggadocio, lyrical fluff and one too many shiny suits. X stripped away the genre's materialistic veneer and replaced it with real-life pain and achingly honest emotion, winning crossover success (he is the second rapper in history, after Tupac Shakur, to have released two albums in the same year that debuted at No. 1) without relinquishing credibility. Perpetual legal issues, erratic behavior and battles with addiction over the past decade or so have all but stalled that career and what was touted as his grand homecoming showthe first in yearswas seen as a potential disaster. That is, if the Yonkers rapper even showed up to perform at all.
DMX not only showed up last night; he took the sold-out crowd at S.O.B.'s right back to the Tunnel.More »