Hip-Hop

DMX's Biggest Billboard Hits

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DMX performs on the east stage at Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York at Griffiss AFB Park for the 30th Anniversary Concert.

Legendary New York rapper DMX, who emerged as one the city’s hottest hip-hop acts in the last two decades, leaves behind an impactful presence on the Billboard charts.

As reported, the MC, born Earl Simmons, died Friday (April 9) at age 50 after experiencing a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose.

As one of the key forces behind hip-hop’s Ruff Ryders imprint and brand, DXM scored his biggest successes in the late 1990s and early 2000s as rap music exploded to new heights in commercial popularity. In that era, which saw the rise of acts such as Jay-Z and Eminem as hitmaking forces, DMX carved out a major piece of chart history for himself: His first five albums -- It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998), Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood (1999), …And Then There Was X (2000), The Great Depression (2001) and Grand Champ (2003) -- all debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, making him the first artist to see his first five efforts all begin directly in the top slot.

Five more albums followed, including the most recent, a greatest-hits compilation, The Best of DMX, in 2016.

On the song front, DMX posted 31 tracks to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart between 1998 and 2008. His roster began with a featured turn on Mic Geronimo’s “Nothin’ Move but The Money,” which debuted at No. 46 in February 1998 and became the first of his 17 top 40 hits there. That run included two top 10 smashes – and his two most successful singles – a supporting spot on The Lox’s “Money, Power & Respect” and his classic cut, “Party Up (Up in Here).”

As fans remember the late rapper and his legacy, here’s a countdown of DMX’s biggest hits on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart:

15. “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”
Peak Position: No. 33
Peak Date: Dec. 26, 1998

14. “Tear It Up,” Yung Wun featuring DMX, Lil Flip & David Banner
Peak Position: No. 39
Peak Date: June 12, 2004

13. “Come Back in One Piece,” Aaliyah featuring DMX
Peak Position: No. 36
Peak Date: July 8, 2000

12. “Do You,” Funkmaster Flex featuring DMX
Peak Position: No. 34
Peak Date: Dec. 9, 2000

11. “Where the Hood At?”
Peak Position: No. 24
Peak Date: Sept. 27, 2003

10. “X Gon’ Give It to Ya”
Peak Position: No. 23
Peak Date: March 5, 2016

9. “Money, Cash, Hoes,” Jay-Z featuring DMX
Peak Position: No. 36
Peak Date: Jan. 2, 1999

8. “What’s My Name”
Peak Position: No. 23
Peak Date: Jan. 29, 2000

7. “4, 3, 2, 1” LL Cool J featuring Method Man, Redman, DMX, Canibus & Master P
Peak Position: No. 24
Peak Date: Jan. 24, 1998

6. “Who We Be”
Peak Position: No. 16
Peak Date: Nov. 17, 2001

5. “How It’s Goin’ Down,” featuring Faith Evans
Peak Position: No. 19
Peak Date: Oct. 10, 1998

4. “Get at Me Dog,” featuring Sheek of The Lox
Peak Position: No. 19
Peak Date: March 14, 1998

3. “What You Want,” featuring Sisqo
Peak Position: No. 11
Peak Date: Sept. 30, 2000

2. “Money, Power & Respect,” The Lox featuring DMX & Lil’ Kim
Peak Position: No. 8
Peak Date: April 25, 1998

1. “Party Up (Up in Here)”
Peak Position: No. 8
Peak Date: April 15, 2000

DMX’s biggest Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart through the April 10, 2021. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower ranks earning lesser values. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.