I Get Scared
Label: Seven Arts Music
"Back on the grind, back on the clock, I'm comin' back for mine, back on the block," barks DMX on "Get Your Money Up." And so the original energy god reopens his old bag of tricks: The sex ritual ("Sucka for Love," where he debases a girl by claiming, "You ain't never been nothin' but a nut"), the prison rape metaphors, and the earnest "Prayer" to God for forgiveness. But this isn't 1999, and so the best songs come when he admits times have changed, like "Head Up" and its Earth, Wind & Fire sample, and "No Love." Yes, it's "Slippin' Again," but you can't make an old dog perform new tricks.