DMX' 'Depression' Set For September
Def Jam has set a Sept. 25 release date for rapper DMX's fourth album, "The Great Depression." The 17-track set follows last year's "And Then There Was X," which debuted on top of The Billboard 200 anDef Jam has set a Sept. 25 release date for rapper DMX's fourth album, "The Great Depression." The 17-track set follows last year's "And Then There Was X," which debuted on top of The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 4 million copies.
Guests on the new set include Faith Evans, who is featured on the track "I Miss You"; Mysonne and Drag-On, who appear on "Problem Child"; Mic Geronimo and Big Stan, who crop up on "Sh*t's Still Real"; and drummer Brendan Buckley (Shakira), who plays on "Bloodline Anthem." The album also features Stephanie Mills reprising the vocals of the title track of her 1979 album "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" on DMX's "When I'm Nothing." The track also features a sample of Mills' original song.
A bevy of producers contributed their talents to "Depression," including Damon "Grease" Blackman, who co-wrote several of the album's tracks with DMX. Other producers who were involved are Black Key, Kidd Kold, Melvin "Hip" Armstead, P.K., Just Blaze, Swizz Beatz, Chad Elliot, and Javonn Alexander, Dollar Bill, and DMX himself.
A video for first single "We Right Here" was shot earlier this month in Baltimore with director J. Jesses Smith, while a clip for the track "You Must Be Blind" was shot in New York shortly after with director Joseph Kahn. Kahn will also direct DMX in the film "The Crow: Lazarus," which begins shooting early next year.
DMX -- who also appears on "Kiss the Game Goodbye," the latest album by the Lox rapper Jadakiss -- made a splash earlier this year in "Exit Wounds," a film he co-starred in with action star Steven Seagal. The flick was the top grossing film in the U.S. in its opening weekend, and went on to gross more than $51 million domestically. As previously reported, the rapper-turned-actor plans to reteam with "Wounds" producer Joel Silver for a remake of the 1931 German crime thriller "M," which will be his first project under a multi-picture deal with Warner Bros.
Along with his successes, DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) has had his share of scrapes with the law as of late. In February, he began serving a 15-day jail sentence in New York State for driving without a license in March 2000. He was released in March after serving out the sentence, but faced a contempt of court chart for not showing up on time to the facility.
While incarcerated, Simmons found himself in hot water again stemming from an altercation with Erie County Correctional Facility guards. Last month, after prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of contempt of court and assault, he pleaded guilty to reckless assault charges and paid a $1,000 fine.