Mount Vermont, New York’s iconic emcee and lyricist DMX – real name Earl Simmons – released his sophomore studio album ‘Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood’ 24 years ago today. The sixteen-track LP – which was released on December 22nd 1998 – is considered to be one of the most influential and affecting Hip-Hop records which elevated DMX’s stature to an unprecedented scale and introduced the world to marquee producers including Swizz Beatz and Irv Gotti.
The star-studded album featured guest appearances from Mary J. Blige, Jadakiss, Styles P, Jay-Z, The LOX and rockstar Marilyn Manson. The production was led by Swizz Beatz, Irv Gotti, Dame grease, DJ Shok, and more.
Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood’ was released through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records and served as the follow-up to DMX’s debut LP It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. The iconic record moved over 670,000 units in the first week and debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart that year.
Listen to Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood here if you haven’t yet.