DMX, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Just when it seemed like flashy rap had taken over the radio, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot introduced one the most exciting street rappers to ever hit the rap scene. At the time, DMX's dark and aggressive lyrics offered a stark contrast from the gaudiness that artists like Ma$e and Jay-Z had made popular. This is the work that started one of rap's most memorable careers.