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Want to know how dope DMX was in his prime? Check to see how many times he’s featured last on songs with other rappers and then you’ll understand what he was a monster he was back then.

No other rapper was fucking with his energy. There were rappers at the time who had better punchlines, wittier bars, and technical skills, but DMX just had that mic presence that blew them all away. He also had a gift for incorporating melodies into his rhymes which made his songs so appealing to a wider audience. It’s what made him one of the best 90s rappers off of just two albums.

From Mic Geronimo’s “Time to Build” to Cam’ron’s “Pull It” and The LOX’s “Money, Power & Respect,” here are the top 10 best DMX guest verses of all time.

10. Mic Geronimo ft. DMX, Jay-Z & Ja Rule – “Time to Build”

Released: November 28, 1995

Album: The Natural

Producer: Irv Gotti

I'm peeling niggas caps like oranges
Hittin' 'em in the head with two-by-four inches
I'm a grimy nigga, so I like my bitches cruddy
My clothes dirty, dick shitty and my knife bloody
I did too much dirt to turn back now
I'm the reason my lil' sister's smoking crack now
I'd feel guilty if I had a heart, but I don't
Could live a carefree life if I stopped killing, but I won't
It's in my blood to destroy mankind
With every murder, I lose a little more of my damn mind
And I ain't got much left to lose, nigga
So don't snooze, nigga, I'm killing crews, nigga
Just pay your dues, nigga, respect my motherfucking style
Or I'll murder your wife and your unborn child
This ain't wild, this how niggas living on the street
A little something that can't be beat (It's time to build)

9. Aaliyah ft. DMX – “Come Back In One Piece”

Released: March 28, 2000

Album: Ultimate Aaliyah

Producer: Irv Gotti

Baby, I am what I am, I'm gon' be who I be
Everything from chasin' a cat to pissin' on a tree
Let me see what I gotta to see, do what I gotta to do
Dog for life, but keep it true
Every once in a while I'll break out the backyard to roam
And get reckless, but I still know that home is home
And when I get there I'ma sit there
Take a shit there, put my dick there
Do I handle my business? Shit, yeah
I'ma run 'til I bust my gun and empty the clip
Then when I come home
And gotta go, just give me the whip
I ain't got time for the lip, just open the fence
Let me go, I'll come back, I ain't got time to convince
Ever since I was a pup, I've been stuck with the street shit
Keep the heat shit, fuck it, nigga gotta eat shit
I pass on a weak shit, if it's out there I want it
All at one time, so when it's my time I've done it

8. Ja Rule ft. DMX & Jay-Z – “It’s Murda”

Released: June 1, 1999

Album: Venni Vetti Vecci

Producer: Ty Fyffe & Irv Gotti

They got my back against the building, I'm the villain that's creeping around corners
Like, shorty, if you see them niggas creeping around, warn us
We might be coming through, gunning through, running through
So be careful what you do or the slugs might come to you
As long as I can remember, the streets have kept me safe
And ever since that time in December, the heat's been in my waist
I need the extra set of eyes so I keep my dog with me
Doctor says, "Let 'em die," shit, his fucking dog bit me
I don't know what's wrong with me, but it seems like since you heard of us
Y'all niggas turned into murderers since you couldn't fuck with a third of us
But still against me and wanna see me in the box
Grillin' me all crazy when you see me and The LOX
Leave you red like Foxx, ain't nothing funny about that
ICU up in a coma, you ain't coming up out that
You hold on for too long and they ain't pulling the plug for you
I'll run up in the joint myself and drop another slug on you
It's murda, it's murda 

7. Cam’ron ft. DMX – “Pull It”

Released: 1998

Album: N/A

Producer: Darrell “Digga” Branch

Uh, Uh, Uh, RRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
AAAYYYYOOOOW! Lets get it on baby (what)
Cause I'm ready to start
Take the locks of the cage cause I'm ready to bark
It's the dark
And niggas gonna know when it's on
From the heart, niggas gonna go when it's on
Motherfuckers, mad drugs you know they feelin' it
And I'm giving it to niggas, got them thinkin that they stealin it
I hear that but don't go near that you better fear that
You was the one that had the house with the pool, right?
Where it's at? RRRRRRRRRRRRRR! don't make me bite you
I used to fuck wit yo' sister don't make me fight you
See how I play wit it but stay wit it I'm okay with it
I'll do it, but he will be the nigga that they say did it
What you don't know is gonna get you fucked up
And when you don't owe, it's gonna get you stuck up
Niggas want what (what), thats what I thought
Dark Man baby, X for short

6. Onyx ft. DMX – “Shut ’em Down”

Released: February 3, 1998

Album: Shut ’Em Down

Producer: Self Service

Aiyyo I bet you this motherfuckin' double barrel'll blast this face
Be on the lookout for a basketcase
Niggas pumped you up to watch you get beat, had you thinkin' shit is sweet
Now you up shit's creek, cause your shit's weak
How much is your life worth to someone important, cause I be extortin'
Kidnappin' for ransom is some shit that you don't want to get caught in
From back in the days of Gorton, niggas was gettin' robbed
The guy from Yonkers High stayed on his job, with his own little mob
Was it worth goin' back to the Earth so soon? Worth makin my shit go boom
'Til your own doom, fill them graveyards, til there's no room?
Fuck you know about a pine box? Money goin out with nine Glocks
Autops' between that same nigga, when they pull out spray nine shots
Feel like killin' for your crew? I ain't gon' rest, it don't take a whole lot to fill up your vest
Then watch your lungs as they spill out your chest
You best get on some, act your age shit, you a little kid
That run for faces, more niggas get killed like that than a little bit

5. Jay-Z ft. DMX & Ja Rule – “Murdergram”

Released: May 12, 1998

Album: Streets is Watching

Producer: Ty Fyffe

I'm a cruddy nigga, going up raw-dog in dirty bitches
And if I get burned, I'm giving that shit to thirty bitches
You say you know a nigga like me—guess again, papi
I might smile up in your face, but I ain't your friend, papi
Jump out the fifteen hundred, like, "Run it!"
Niggas don't want it—get it, done it, when I'm blunted
However it went down, I made it happen, made it scraping
I made it fussing, busting, I made it capping
And letting off wasn't nothing new to a nigga
Something to do to a nigga, 'cause you's a fool, nigga
I know your type—you hype, all up off that fake shit
You can't understand why a man would have to take shit
Or steal shit, but this is that real shit, niggas kill shit, peel shit
I hit you in your head—you won't feel shit!
RRRR! Let the dog loose on a niggas ass
Find out if the niggas faster than the trigger blast
A fucking snake in the truest form
Knowing damn well that what I do is wrong, but still, I do it strong
Niggas is making movies, so I gots to stop production
I need a block to function, and maybe I'll stop destructing
The blocks is not for fronting, so let me get that, shorty
'Cause you don't need that shorty—you don't know what to do with that shorty
You might as well hit this forty before you hit the floor
Another 24—what you want? Money? More?
Them niggas did it raw, with no condom
You find him saying he sorry he for what he said before I blind him
Get the flame out the four-fifth, and there ain't gonna be no more, Riff
Dog you on the floor stiff, would have made it to the door if
Bullets traveled a lot slower, and you ran a lot faster
But they don't, and you can't, so don't think about after
'Cause tomorrow ain't coming, so stop running, 'cause you gon' die like a sucker
Murda, motherfucker!

4. The LOX ft. DMX & Lil’ Kim – “Money, Power & Respect”

Released: March 17, 1998

Album: Money, Power, & Respect

Producer: Jay Waxx, Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence & Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie

This is a beat that I can freak to, just drop the reels
Bless a nigga with the ill, y'all niggas know my skills
X in their grills, hit 'em up, split 'em up
Wet 'em up and watch 'em come get 'em up
Set em' up, when you do dirt, you get dirt
Bitch, I'll make your shit hurt, step back like, "I did work"
This ain't no fuckin' game, what, you think I'm playin'?
'Til you layin' somewhere in the junkyard decayin'
Moms at home prayin' that you comin' home, but you not
'Cause you sittin' up in the trunk, startin' to rot
And hell is hot, I know because I'm here now, baby
It's goin' down, baby, get the four pound, baby
And let off up in a nigga
Especially if he think he bigger than my motherfuckin' trigger
Dead eye, can I get mine? Is he gone?
DMX representin' one time, put us on

3. Mase ft. Puff Daddy, The LOX, DMX & Black Rob – “24 Hrs. to Live”

Released: October 28, 1997

Album: Harlem World

Producer: Nashiem Myrick, Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie & Carlos “6 July” Broady

Twenty-four left until my death
So I'm gon' waste a lot of lives but I'll cherish every breath
I know exactly where I'm goin' but I'ma send you there first
And with the shit that I'll be doin', I'ma send you there worse
I've been livin' with a curse and now it's all about to end
But before I go, say hello to my little friend
But I gots to make it right, reconcile with my mother
Try to explain to my son, tell my girl I love her
C4 up under the coat, snatch up my dawg
Turn like three buildings on Wall Street into a fog
Out with a bang, you will remember my name
I wanted to live forever, but this wasn't fame

2. Jay-Z ft. DMX – “Money, Cash, Hoes”

Released: November 9, 1998

Album: Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

Producer: Swizz Beatz

D-M-X and my dogs bite
Jigga, my nigga, rhyme all night
Thugs for life, one night with this rap shit
Let 'em go and I bet they know what'll happen
When we clap shit
Acting like we owe 'em something
Then we show 'em something
Talking greasy, I think they found 'em down the road or something (Wooh) Fucking with a mad man in a bad mood
Is like fucking with a mad dog that wants mad food
And the only thing that's stopping him is you (WHAT!)
So the only thing that he'll be dropping is you (WHAT!)
Chopping in two (COME ON!)
Then he drop it to Clue, and the response from the street:
This is one dog that loves raw meat (woo!)
But getting back to, just 'cause I, love my niggas
I shed blood, for my niggas
Let a nigga holla, "where my niggas?"
All I'ma hear is "right here my nigga!"

1. LL Cool J featuring Canibus, DMX, Master P, Method Man & Redman – “4, 3, 2, 1”

Released: October 14, 1997

Album: Phenomenon

Producer: Erick Sermon

Stay out the dark, 'cause if I catch you when the sun is down
Run it clown, come up off that, or I'm gon' gun it down
Run it now, however it's gon' go, it's gon' be that
See that, that shit'll finish you, dog, believe that
Where we at? Do you value your life as much as your possessions?
Don't be a stupid nigga, learn a lesson
I'm gon' get you either way, and it's better to live
Let me get what's between your sock 'cause it's better to give
Than receive, believe what I say when I tell you
Don't make me put you somewhere where nobody'll smell you
And when the lights is out, they don't come back on
This ain't a flick, you ain't gon' come back on, you ain't that strong
You knew it was wrong, but you asked for it, baby
You's a big nigga, ski mask for it, baby
So I can hit you up on Front Street, you think I'm sweet
Want heat, one deep, leave him behind, front seat
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