I didn’t know what to expect when I popped in DMX’s most recent offering, Undisputed, his first album in 6 years, but right from the beginning he let it be known that much hasn’t changed. The barking is still there. ‘WHAT?!’ – that’s still there too. If you’re looking for a flashback from the past, a trip to the early 2000’s when being an East coast Hip-Hop artist meant something, than DMX has the album for you.
If only the Ruff Ryders were present, I’d think this album was just previously unreleased material. It feels like it belongs in another decade and in this case that’s a good thing. The album’s lead single, “I Don’t Dance,” which features MGK is really the only indication that this is being released in 2012 and it actually almost feels out of place, though it is reminiscent to classic DMX material, “Party Up.”
Many of the songs remind you of previous material though, “Sucka For Love” reminds me of “How’s It Going Down?” and “Slippin’ Again” must be a follow-up to his “Slippin’, Fallin'” classic. Please believe he still has a “Prayer” in the middle of it all well.
The lyrical content hasn’t changed much, but X wasn’t never much for lyrical prowess. He tells stories of real life struggles with the streets, his demons, love and women and as a listener you appreciate his ability to keep it real.
He probably won’t get many listens because the new generation doesn’t understand his contributions to the Hip-Hop world, but for those of us who know him and appreciate his old music, there will be little disappointment since he comes right back to where he left off.
Undisputed receives a PARL
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