5. DMX "What's My Name?" (1999)
Album: ...And Then There Was X
Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Producer: Self Service, Irv Gotti
Those spooky piano notes really set the mood for the song (and also still haunt our psyche when we are investigating a strange sound in the kitchen late at night). DMX's delivery has always been bar-none; one syllable contains the sulfur of a Thomas Vincent sermon.
However, there is something particularly powerful about the dual vocal tracked, three-syllable style that starts each couplet. It's truly frightening...and invigorating. DMX was able to take almost every phrase ever uttered by an angry drunk man outside of a bar about to fight and fit them into one song:
- You think it's a game? You think it's a FUCKING GAME?
- STOP TALKING SHIT
- YOU STILL PLAYING GAMES
- THAT'S THAT BULLSHIT
- I'M NOT A NICE PERSON
- SUCK MY DICK
- I'VE LOST MY MIND
We've all yelled one of these things in earnest at some point in our life, usually right before a police officer forcibly restrains us.
This Song Also Makes Us Want To: Plan an Underground Dog Fight Event, Lock the Doors From the Outside, Let All the Dogs Loose and Battle Royale to the Death