9. DMX, It's Dark and Hell is Hot (1998)
Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
We still can't say we totally get the melodramatic title to DMX's 1998 breakthrough. It's dark and hell is hot? Regardless, like much of the album, led by borderline-horrorcore songs like "Stop Being Greedy" and "Damien," it's scary and schizophrenic, but it somehow works, through the force of X's juggernaut personality alone.