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Year of the Dog... Again
Studio album by DMX
Released July 31, 2006 (UK)
August 1, 2006 (U.S.)
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, Christian rap, Gangsta rap
Length 54:26
Label Sony BMG
Columbia Records
Ruff Ryders
Producer Darrin Dean, Joaquin Dean (Executive Producers) Swizz Beatz, Eddie Timmons, Dame Grease, Scott Storch, Shok, Teflon, Elite , Sean Garrett
Professional reviews
DMX chronology
Grand Champ
Year of the Dog... Again
The Definition of X: The Pick of The Litter

Year of the Dog... Again is a hip hop album released on August 1, 2006. It is the sixth studio album released by Yonkers rap artist DMX. The first singles released from the album were "We in Here" and "Lord Give Me a Sign".

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Rap Charts with 125,000 copies sold.[1]



It is the first of three scheduled LP releases on DMX's new label Sony BMG, after he left Def Jam because of creative differences. After switching labels, Def Jam still permitted DMX access to the many songs he recorded whilst still under the label. A portion of these songs appear on the final cut, mostly with updated production.

The title of the album is related to the Chinese calendar, in which the album was released in the year of the dog.

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Dame Grease 1:32
2. "We in Here"   Swizz Beatz 3:54
3. "I Run Shit" (with Big Stan) Swizz Beatz 3:56
4. "Come Thru' (Move)" (with Busta Rhymes) Swizz Beatz 3:42
5. "It's Personal" (with Styles P, Jadakiss) The Tuneheadz 3:44
6. "Baby Motha" (with Janyce) Swizz Beatz 4:41
7. "Dog Love" (with Amerie, Janyce) Chad Elliot & Eddie Timmons 3:42
8. "Wrong or Right? (I'm Tired)" (with Bazaar Royale) Elite 5:24
9. "Give 'Em What They Want"   Scott Storch 2:46
10. "Walk These Dogs" (with Kashmir) Dame Grease 2:56
11. "Blown Away" (Janyce, Jinx) Divine Bars 4:02
12. "Goodbye"   Da Gutta Fam 4:50
13. "Life Be My Song"   Dame Grease 4:02
14. "The Prayer VI"   DMX 1:30
15. "Lord Give Me a Sign"   Scott Storch 3:28

Bonus material

  • Bonus Material DVD
  • "Who Dat" (UK Bonus)


Chart (2006) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 32
Austrian Albums Chart[2] 23
Belgian Albums Chart 39
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Dutch Albums Chart[2] 70
French Albums Chart[2] 43
German Albums Chart[2] 7
New Zealand Albums Chart[2] 37
Swiss Albums Chart[2] 7
UK Albums Chart 22
U.S. Billboard 200 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1


  • R&B singer Janyce makes three appearances, mainly for backing vocals.
  • The album was originally titled "Here We Go Again".
  • After the song "Wrong or Right (I'm Tired)" at 3:52 there is a segment in which he talks called "Real Talk" about "punks with backpacks, skateboards, and good smoke" and a fat man he is thinking of robbing.
  • The song "Wrong or Right (I'm Tired) was originally named "Shit That I Do".
  • The track "Who Dat" was rumored to be on the album, but it did not make it on the US version. It appears on UK and Japan versions. "Pump Ya Fist" appears on Japan version of the album.
  • A demo version of "I Run Shit" is heard on the Year of the Dog... Again DVD.
  • "I Run Shit" was rumored to be the first single for the album.
  • "Dog Love" was supposed to feature Keyshia Cole & Amerie, but Sony only allowed Amerie to be on the final version.


  1. ^ "'NOW 22' Edges Out DMX's 'Dog' at No. 1" (News report). Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Album performance". AustrianCharts. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 

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