DMX for Red (copy)

DMX

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From the late ’90s to the mid-2000s, DMX had an incredible hot streak as one of the most furious voices in rap music. 

His first five studio albums, two of which were released in 1998, shot straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums charts. He sold millions, then took to acting, gaining roles in B-movie fare like "Romeo Must Die" and "Cradle 2 the Grave." 

Though his career has been plagued with a laundry list of legal troubles and criminal charges, X (aka Earl Simmons) was always a talent to be reckoned with and was the king of the genre for a good five years, if not longer.

On Friday, he'll perform at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge with Kool DJ Supamike and Adam Dollar$. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 at varsitytheatre.com or ticketweb.com

To get you ready for the show, here are DMX's 10 greatest songs. 

10. "Who We Be" from "The Great Depression" 

9. "We Right Here" from "The Great Depression" 

8. "Where the Hood At" from "Grand Champ" 

7. "Get It on the Floor" from "Grand Champ" 

6. "X Gon' Give It to Ya" from the "Cradle 2 the Grave" soundtrack 

5. "Party Up (Up in Here)" from "...And Then There Was X" 

4. "No Sunshine" from the "Exit Wounds" soundtrack 

3. "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" from "It's Dark and Hell is Hot" 

2. "Slippin'" from "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" 

1. "What's My Name" from "... And Then There Was X" 

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