Undisputed (DMX album)

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Undisputed
DMX Undisputed Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
DMX
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2012
Recorded200912 Saltmine Studio Oasis
(Mesa, Arizona)
Bishop Powerhouse Studios
(Yonkers, New York)
Genre Hip hop
Length54:41
Label
Producer
DMX chronology
The Weigh In
(2012)
Undisputed
(2012)
Exodus
(2021)

Undisputed is the seventh studio album by American rapper DMX and the last to be released during his lifetime. It was released on September 11, 2012 on Seven Arts Music. [1]

Contents

Background

On October 11, 2011 DMX performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. He stated that he has been working "nonstop, every day" on the new album, and plans to release it before December 2012. [2] During a performance at New York City's Santos Party House on December 25, 2011, DMX stated that the new album will be entitled Undisputed and would be released on March 26, 2012. This was later confirmed by DMX via his official Twitter account, where he also confirmed that its first single is scheduled for release in January 2012. A video for a new track entitled "Last Hope" was released via the Internet on September 24, 2011. This was later released on his The Weigh In EP and omitted from the final release of Undisputed.

Seven Arts Entertainment Inc. recently purchased by David Michery music assets, which included some of DMX's music. DMX's had announced that Undisputed will be released on March 27, 2012. [3] However it was later revealed that DMX did not plan to release the album on that date, and that date was one forced upon him by the record label. The release date for the album was set for June 26, 2012. However, DMX announced in Detroit, Michigan on June 9, 2012, that due to the record label, the date will be pushed back again. [4] It was then scheduled for release on August 28, 2012. Later, an official press release from the label pushed the back date to September 11, 2012. He donated the album's first week sales to the victims of the September 11 attacks. The album features only one male guest appearance by rapper Machine Gun Kelly. The album was also supposed to feature Sean Kingston, Tyrese Gibson and Busta Rhymes, but none of these artists were featured in the final cut. [5]

Release and promotion

On May 15, 2012, DMX and Dame Grease released a pre-album EP which would be free for download, called The Weigh-In featuring artists such as Snoop Dogg, Big Stan, and Tyrese. It also featured production from West Coast rapper and producer Dr. Dre. [6] Promoting his album, DMX announced the Undisputed Tour, with 15 concerts, across the United States throughout June and early July, hitting everywhere from New York to Hawaii. [7]

Singles

On January 6, 2012, DMX performed live the first single of the album, "I Don't Dance" featuring MGK in Long Beach. [8] It was released on iTunes on April 7, 2012. [9] DMX shot a video for the song, also featuring MGK. He also released a behind-the-scenes video. [10] The official video premiered on MTV Jams on June 23, 2012 and was later uploaded to his YouTube account. Xzibit made a cameo appearance.[ citation needed ] DMX released the second single, "Head Up", on September 4, 2012. [11]

Reception

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [12]
Boston Globe (mixed) [13]
RapReviews6/10 [14]
TheVersedStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [15]
XXL Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [16]

Upon its release, Undisputed received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Christopher Minaya of XXL said, "X provides more bark than bite this go-around, as he often leaves listeners yearning for more lyrically while the selection of beats is open to discussion as many are up to snuff at best. Peaking so early in his career was a gift to his legacy but a curse to his longevity. As a result, fans understandably expect another "Party Up (Up In Here)," yet "I Don't Dance" is simply not that. Undisputed exhibits little of X's impressive illustration but renews the high level of passion and energy he excels at relaying to listeners. X has been staying out of trouble, making it to shows and has improved his raps since The Weigh In, a trend one can only wish continues." [17] In a mixed review Ken Capobianco writing for the Boston Globe stated, "on his comeback after years of career self-destruction, he doesn’t come close to recapturing the intensity and glorious contradictions of his best work. Despite some excellent beats from some of his Ruff Ryder heyday producers including Swizz Beatz, the MC struggles to tap into the menacing, confrontational bark that made him a star." [13]

Pete T of RapReviews said, "the at-times triumphant return Undisputed wears many hats and dons most of them admirably. Here you'll find his trademark street anthems replete with horns and barking, desolate monologues toward a silent God, and endless exploration of a chronically conflicted character. He doesn't break much new ground, nor does he lend the sense that he's forcibly trying to reclaim past glory. Upon hearing the opener "What They Don't Know," an archetypal Swizz Beatz jam that stands among the best the duo ever concocted, it's almost impossible not to proclaim the return of the dog." [14] Huffington Post labeled DMX as past his prime, but also said "The production on Undisputed is respectable with Swizz Beatz, J.R. Rotem, Dame Grease and Tronzilla laying down the tracks, but their efforts don't help the overall quality. Surprisingly, the most enjoyable songs aren't the hardcore ones. Instead, it's the R&B-flavored "Cold World" and "No Love"." [18]

Rap Radar named it the fifth most disappointing album of 2012. [19] Colton S. of TheVersed stated, "Overall, Undisputed, is an admirable effort from one of hip hop’s most esteemed, important, and interesting artists. As strange as it sounds, DMX is at his best here when he holds himself back a little and opens up about his personal struggles. Unfortunately, he only does that on a small handful tracks. Throughout the rest of the project we get some interesting, yet technically deficient religious songs, and some misguided attempts at some of the high-energy party anthems he became famous for." [15]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 selling 17,000 copies, [20] while making it to number 2 in R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums. [21]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lookin' Without Seein'" (Intro) Earl Simmons, Anthony Parrino Elite 0:50
2."What They Don't Know"Simmons, Kaseem Dean Swizz Beatz 3:42
3."Cold World" (featuring Andreena Mill)Simmons, Damon Blackman, Nick Zesses, Dino Fekaris Dame Grease, Snaz4:04
4."I Don't Dance" (featuring MGK)Simmons, Richard Colson Baker, J.R. Rotem J.R. Rotem 3:27
5."Sucka for Love" (featuring Dani Stevenson)Simmons, Darius Harrison Deezle 4:10
6."I Get Scared" (featuring Rachel Taylor)Simmons, BlackmanDame Grease3:54
7."Slippin' Again"Simmons, Gertis Lamont McDowellBird3:47
8."Prayer" (Skit)SimmonsX1:42
9."I'm Back"Simmons, Gertis Lamont McDowell, Leonard Caston Jr., Pamela Sawyer, Frank Wilson Bird2:33
10."Have You Eva"Simmons, Blackman, Barry Eastmond, Jolyon SkinnerDame Grease3:44
11."Get Your Money Up"SimmonsSnaggs2:21
12."Head Up"Simmons, Maurice White Tronzilla4:31
13."Frankenstein"Simmons, Kannon Cross, Gregory Ford Jr.Caviar, G'Sparkz2:34
14."Ya'll Don't Really Know"Simmons, DeanSwizz Beatz2:38
15."I Got Your Back" (featuring Kashmir)Simmons, Kannon Cross, Gregory Ford Jr.Caviar, G'Sparkz3:15
16."No Love" (featuring Andreena Mill)Simmons, Blackman, Barry White Dame Grease, Snaz3:20
17."Already"Simmons, Pat GalloDivine Bars3:59
Total length:54:41
Deluxe edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
18."Fire" (featuring Kashmir)Simmons, BlackmanDame Grease3:13
19."Fuck U Bitch"SimmonsElite2:59
20."Love That Bitch"Simmons, Pat GalloDivine Bars3:20
Notes
Sample credits

Personnel

Credits for Undisputed adapted from Allmusic. [22]

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