‘Hold Me Down’ and ‘Skyscrapers’ are two highlights from DMX’s posthumous LP
DMX died earlier this year at the age of 50. He was too young, but he’s packed a lot into this life – tragic ups and downs – and his new album Exodusreleased after his death, could be the last chapter of a checkered and influential career.
You cannot deny the quality of the guest list assembled on Exodus, with DMX peers Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg and Usher on board. On two tracks you’ll hear on Double J in the coming weeks, he’s teaming up with legit superstars Alicia’s Keys and bono.
On ‘Hold Me Down’, Alicia Keys’ presence is soft but consistent. His voice carries the hook, but also adds a nice texture to the arrangement and provides a nice counterpoint to the classic DMX gruff verses.
Bono (he’s the lead singer of this band called U2) joins “Skyscrapers” and…well, you’d probably have to be a Bono fan to appreciate his appearance here.
Bono’s upbeat beat and mellow pop crooning go together pretty well, but the DMX parts – the best part of any DMX song – seem a bit off-putting in this context. It’s an interesting experiment and not a complete failure, but a singer like Burna Boy or his old pal Sisqo might have suited better.
Exodus It may not be the greatest DMX record out there, but it’s great to hear man-grade worms being used rather than becoming obsolete on a hard drive somewhere. And having a guest list like this on his latest album might give people extra impetus to look beyond DMX’s best-known songs and find gold elsewhere in his catalog.
If you want to know more about the record, Richard Kingsmill had a good chat with the legendary Swizz Beats about it. Listen.
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