Year of the Dog...Again The Yonkers, N.Y., rapper DMX scored five consecutive No. 1 albums primarily on the strength of a hyper-aggressive flow and straightforward, barklike chants. His latest,… 2006-08-01 DMX Hip-Hop/Rap
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Year of the Dog...Again (2006)

INSPIRED 'AGAIN' DMX is up to his old tricks on Dog
INSPIRED 'AGAIN' DMX is up to his old tricks on Dog

Details Release Date: Aug 01, 2006; Lead Performance: DMX; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

The Yonkers, N.Y., rapper DMX scored five consecutive No. 1 albums primarily on the strength of a hyper-aggressive flow and straightforward, barklike chants. His latest, Year of the Dog...Again, doesn't stray far from that trademark grimy style, though recent troubles with the law (including a two-month prison stay) seem to create a fresh well of angry inspiration. When consumed by paranoia and spiritual crises, DMX can still play the conflicted protagonist with conviction, proving there's truth to his boast that ''dog got his swagger back.''

Originally posted Jul 28, 2006 Published in issue #889 Aug 04, 2006 Order article reprints