Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Revisiting DMX's "Undisputed"

Release date: September 11, 2012

1. Lookin' Without Seein (Intro)
I swear this intro sounded like something out of the Bone Thugs N Harmony playbook. Not bad though. 

2. What They Don't Know
Produced By Swizz Beatz

Granted, X is not saying anything here we haven't heard before, but this one was pretty good, plus Swizz was one of many producers who brought out the best in X, as is the case here. It's the sole bright spot on this album.
*4 out of 5*

3. Cold World
Featuring Adreena Mills
Produced By Dame Grease, Co-Produced By Snaz

This one was seemingly all over the place. The hook provided by Ms. Mills (and the title of the song) would suggest something of an introspective nature, but X is talking about anything but the world and anything "cold" in it, and what resulted is more of the same. Dame Grease is another producer who brought out the best in X, but this one missed the mark.
*2 out of 5*

4. I Don't Dance
Featuring MGK (Machine Gun Kelly)
Produced By J.R. Rotem

It was no secret to anyone that X wasn't the type to be found "dancing" in the traditional sense, however, the vibe of this song makes you do just that: dance. Decent song, but not by much.
*3 out of 5*

5. Sucka For Love
Featuring Dana Stevenson
Produced By Deezle

Ok, I really didn't care for this one at all. Not only is it the cliched "song for the ladies," it's not even a good one at that, plus X's delivery leaves a lot to be desired. In addition, if this was designed to be for the ladies, I could see a song like this turning them off, and it doesn't help with lines like "at the end of the day, you were nothin' but a nutt." Uh, let's move on.
*1 out of 5*

6. I Get Scared
Featuring Rachel Taylor
Produced By Dame Grease

I appreciate what X was going for here, but the actual execution, again, was all over the place and what could've been a very good song just ended up being a busy one. And again, we have heard X on this level before and better.
*3 out of 5*

7. Slippin' Again
Produced By Bird

As an apparent sequel to 1998's "Slippin," this was decent, but I gotta come back to X's delivery. It's just over the top and AGAIN, all over the place. His signing throughout does not help one bit and he simply overdoes it with the emotion at the end.
*3 out of 5*

8. Prayer (Skit)

9. I'm Back
Produced By Bird

This is decent, nothing more. I don't mean to be too critical, but the problem here is that lyrically he's saying nothing new and that just affects the entire vibe of this song.
*2.5 out of 5* 

10. Have You Eva
Produced By Dame Grease

X is full of questions on this apply titled song. It's good, but, X's delivery on this hook is just so uninspired it's somewhat sad to listen to.
*3 out of 5*

11. Get Your Money Up
Produced By Snaggs

This 2:22 song seemed more like 4:22, and with the tired theme of money present here, I have nothing more to say about this.
*2 out of 5*

12. Head Up
Produced By Tronzilla

I've always liked the idea of X talking to his God, however, this one falls so short of previous songs like "Lord Give Me A Sign," "The Convo," "Angel," just to name a few, that it's not even funny. The idea sounds good on paper, but the execution, once again, left a lot to be desired.
*3 out of 5*

13. Frankenstein
Produced By Caviar, Co-Produced By G'Sparkz

More of the same here from X, which is not surprising at this point in the album.
*3 out of 5*

14. Ya'll Don't Really Know
Produced By Swizz Beatz

Um, what the hell was the difference between this and song #2? It's not a bad song, but man, I actually don't know what else to say.
*2.5 out of 5*

15. I Got Your Back
Featuring Cashmere
Produced By Caviar, Co-Produced By G'Sparkz

This song was much better than "Sucka For Love," but that's NOT saying much at all. We have heard songs like this before (and done better quite frankly). And did they REALLY have to use the classic "Paid In Full" breakbeat for this one? SO out of place.
*2 out of 5*

16. No Love
Featuring Adreena Mills
Produced By Dame Grease, Co-Produced By Snaz

I feel like I'm repeating myself here, smh. More of the same, decent song, let's proceed to the closing song of this album.
*3 out of 5*

17. Already
Produced By Devine Bars

It's no surprise that this album closes on the most anti-climatic, uncreative way possible.
*2 out of 5*

(There are three "deluxe edition" bonus tracks that are simply not worth the time. This was certainly the last album that should've had bonus material.)

You know, I listened to this album in 2012 with the intentions of possibly buying it. Immediately after "Already" finished, I shook my head and said "I'm never revisiting this album again," and looking back I can see why, plus it sounds worse today than it did in 2012. This is just unacceptable, and I'm a little sad to say that because I'm a long time DMX fan and I know what he's capable of, but damn I just have to ask, "was any effort and thought put into this at all?" There's nothing wrong with songs that are "3 out of 5," but after "What They Don't Know", the album RAPIDLY goes downhill after that, and even the songs with those ratings are not that good. Uninspired, plodding, busy, all over the place, take your pick, they all apply to this album, definitely his worst (2.5 stars, which may be generous). All things considered, I hope this is not his last album.


1. It's Dark And Hell Is Hot (5 stars)
2. Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood (4.5 stars)
3. ...And Then There Was X (4 stars)
4. Grand Champ (4 stars)
5. The Great Depression (4 stars)
6. Year Of The Dog... Again (3.5 stars)
7. Undisputed (2.5 stars) 

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