Release date: February 8, 2003
Record label: Ruff Ryders/Def Jam
Ever wonder why DMX never took the Blade mantle from Wesley Snipes once the latter actor jumped the legal shark? Neither have we, and C-level action flicks like Cradle 2 the Grave are why. Always a far better rapper than a thespian, DMX saved his real talents for the film's aggressive, hard-edged soundtrack, rocking the single "X Gon' Give It to Ya" and dropping bodies alongside Eminem and Obie Trice on the audio horror flick "Go to Sleep."
Cradle 2 the Grave is also notable for its now-obscure tracks from currently beloved MCs Joe Budden ("Drop Drop") and Pusha T (on the Clipse offering "I'm Serious"). But nothing tops the title of the soundtrack's rowdy M.O.P./Capone-n-Noreaga collaboration: "Stompdashitoutu," which is about as perfect a title for an M.O.P. song as there could ever be.