Last night, I had the chance to attend DMX’s “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” 20th Anniversary event at the TLA (Theater of Living Arts) in Philadelphia, Pa. The event was 100% sold out and there was a good reason for it. The Dark Man X released his debut album back in 1998 of May which hit number 1 on Billboard 200. DMX, besides all that he’s been through, didn’t seem to have lost his authenticity or stage presence.
He can still hold it down just like he did back in the day in the golden era of hip hop. Performing the hits like Get At Me Dog and Stop Being Greedy had the crowd of mixed generations rapping every lyric from start to finish. X himself even showed his athleticism to climb on top of speakers and get the audience amped when the Ruff Ryders Anthem beat dropped.
The TLA witnessed a true MC from Yonkers doing his thing and it was made clear why the Dog is a true legend in Hip Hop.
Photos by Scott Phillips