Today in Hip Hop History: December 22, 1998
DMX released his second studio album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, through Ruff Ryders and Def Jam Recordings in 1998. The album followed up his classic debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, which the rapper had released just over 7 months before.
DMX recorded the album in 1998 and released it through the now defunct record label Ruff Ryders Entertainment, which the rapper is widely known to rep. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood contained production from Swizz Beatz, DJ Shok, Dame Grease, Irv Gotti and P. Killer Trackz. The album features the likes of Jadakiss, Styles P, Mary J. Blige, Marilyn Manson, Jay-Z and more.
DMX had large shoes to fill after his multi-Platinum debut album, in which he showed the world his unique gritty and raspy style. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood featured hard hitting tracks that many had expected at the time. With several dog references, barking ad libs and a canine-based personality, DMX emerged as one of the most interesting hip hop acts in the late 1990’s.
The album peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #1 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart as well. It sold over 670,000 copies in its first week and remained #1 on the charts for 3 consecutive weeks. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood became RIAA Certified Triple Platinum in December of 2000. With two albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard’s Chart in one year, DMX joined 2Pac as the only other rapper in history to have accomplished such a feat. The sophomore effort Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood continued the brilliant breakthrough that was DMX’s early career in hip hop.