#68 – DMX – How’s It Goin Down
Not a lot of hip/hop or rap on this one. I went through a phase when I was a sixteen or seventeen years old, and then it pretty much passed and it wasn’t until Atmosphere that I started listening again. I blame southern rap, getting crunk and all that fucking bullshit. This stuff was better when it was East vs West and people were getting shot.
I got into DMX the same way I got into all rap back then; my cousin from Minneapolis. I’d visit him every year or two and when I got there we’d play basketball and blast hip hop in his driveway. I picked up on some things I couldn’t get on the radio in rural Wisconsin.
Apologies to Pac, Biggie, P and Westside Connection, DMX was my favorite and this track was the best. By a massive margin too. Not the radio/TV version, the album track. Emoish, at least compared to everything else out there at the time? Sure. But that couldn’t possibly surprise you, given the stuff on this list.
Still a song I’ll pop on a playlist from time to time. Gonna be one of those that never gets old.