DMX "Spell Bound"

A January 1991 “Unsigned Hype” winner (may wanna get used to reading those last three words), DMX’s demo featured Earl No-Shirt rhyming in a cadence that relied more on Treach-esque dexterity than the gruffer tone of his Ruff Ryders heyday, landing him a brief single deal with Ruffhouse/Columbia. Fond as X would eventually become of barking, biting was still a no-no. On “Spellbound,” he attempted to re-claim the letter-man rhyme style K-Solo rode to fame, accusing Solo of stealing the technique while the two were fellow inmates and sometime rhyme battle foes in the same correctional facility years earlier.

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