If there’s one thing we know in life, it’s that we’re never prepared to say goodbye to someone we love. Saying goodbye to those we have admired is always hard, especially when they’ve changed the world. Following the deaths of Jessica Walter, Cicely Tyson, and Dustin Diamond, we now add rap legend DMX. The rapper suffered a heart attack and passed a week later at the age of 50.
Over the course of his career, which expands decades, DMX released eight studio albums. Including five No. 1 Billboard 200 hits. In honor of the late rapper, we put together a list of some of our favorite hits.
Party Up (Up In Here)
Starting with one of DMX’s most famous songs, ‘Party Up (Up In Here).’ The song was released in 1999, reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, and charted for 21 weeks. The single was produced by Swizz Beatz and became his most successful solo song in the United States.
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Ruff Ryders’ Anthem
This song is an anthem to Ruff Ryder’s Entertainment record label and the Ruff Ryders motorcycle crew. The track was released in 1998 from his debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. The single ranks at number 79 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
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What They Really Want featuring Sisqo
This single is the legend’s third highest-charting single, peaking at No. 49 on the Hot 100 and charted for 20 weeks. The song, a hit the last few decades and features famous lyrics such as “Brenda, LaTisha, Linda and Felicia.” The song became popular again in 2019, following a DMX challenge on TikTok.
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Money, Cash, Hoes (Jay-Z featuring DMX)
In 1998, DMX teamed up with Jay-Z on his album Jay-Z’s Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. ‘Money, Cash, Hoes,’ contains DMX’s most famous ad-libs, including his famous deep growl and “What!”
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Honorable Mention: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Following a viral video in 2012 from an interview, the legend recited the classic Christmas song’s festive lyrics. In 2017, DMX released an original cover of the song featuring his classic dog growls and ad-libs. The song is included on Spotify’s Singles Christmas playlist.
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Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.
Rest in peace.
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