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DMX's 'Best of' Is No. 1, 'Party Up' Returns to Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

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DMX performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. The rapper was arrested outside Radio City Music Hall by the New York City Sheriff's Department, for failure to pay back child support, a spokesman for the NYC Sheriff's Department tells WPIX-TV
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Fans rallying around the late DMX’s catalog prompts the rapper’s The Best of DMX greatest-hits collection to re-enter at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The set, released in 2010, contains highlights such as “Party Up (Up in Here),” “X Gon Give It to Ya” and “Where The Hood At," and earned 77,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 15, according to MRC Data.

Rap legend DMX, born Earl Simmons, died April 9 at age 50 after a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose.

The Best of DMX’s resurgence adds a seventh No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums to the rapper’s résumé. Here’s an updated look at his chart-topping collection.

Album Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, two, June 6, 1998
Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood, four, Jan. 9, 1999
…And Then There Was X, two, Jan. 8, 2000
The Great Depression, one, Nov. 10, 2001
Grand Champ, one, Oct. 4, 2003
Year of the Dog…Again, one, Aug. 19, 2006
The Best of DMX, one (to date), April 24, 2021

Of The Best of DMX's 77,000 units for the week, 59,000 are in streaming-equivalent units, where one unit equals 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The remaining 18,000 are split evenly between album sales (with one unit equal to one album sale) and track-equivalent albums (with one unit equal to 10 individual track downloads from the album’s songs).

Elsewhere, The Best of DMX re-enters at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart and flies 73-2 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Streaming activity is high enough on a few DMX tracks to permit their return to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” leads the pack with a No. 9 comeback and easily outdoes its previous best rank of No. 33 in 1998. The single traces its revival thanks to 16.6 million U.S. streams in the week, the highest of all DMX cuts, and enough to rank at No. 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart. “Anthem” also logs DMX’s third top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, after a featured turn on The LOX’s “Money, Power & Respect” and his own "Party Up (Up in Here).” The songs both peaked at No. 8 in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

“Party Up” also registers a return to the list at No. 20, largely due to 9.2 million streams. “X Gon Give It to Ya” ranks directly behind it, with 10.1 million streams. (“Party” finishes above “X” as the former logged more radio airplay and sales in the tracking weeks, which also contribute to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ranking.)

Like “Anthem,” “X Gon Give It to Ya” also reaches a new chart peak. In its original run, the song topped out at No. 32 in 2003, but rebounded to a No. 23 best in 2016 after renewed interest after its use in that year’s Deadpool film.

Lastly, DMX overruns the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart as the late rapper’s songs occupy 14 of the list’s 25 positions. Here’s a full rundown of the sales impact:

No. 1, “Ruff Ryders Anthem” – 16,400
No. 2, “Party Up (Up in Here)” – 15,600
No. 5, “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” – 10,700
No. 8, “Slippin’” – 6,700
No. 11, “Where The Hood At” – 5,300
No. 12, “What’s My Name” – 5,200
No. 13, “What These B*tches Want,” featuring Sisqo – 5,100
No. 15, “How It’s Goin’ Down,” featuring Faith Evans – 3,400
No. 16, “Who We Be” – 2,800
No. 17, “Get It on The Floor,” featuring Swizz Beatz – 2,300
No. 20, “We Right Here” – 1,900
No. 21, “Get at Me Dog,” featuring Sheek of The Lox – 1,800
No. 22, “I Miss You,” featuring Faith Evans – 1,800
No. 24, “Lord Give Me a Sign” – 1,600

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