The highwater mark of Puff Daddy's gilded age came when he allotted $2.7 million on the budget for the "Victory" music video. That was March 1998. Two months later, DMX released his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot. DMX hailed from Yonkers, the town adjacent to Puff's native Mount Vernon. If Puff was the king of the club, X was the champion of the streets.

This list revisits 10 standout tracks from DMX's peak: 1998's It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (the album that inspired Kendrick Lamar to start rapping in seventh grade) up through 2003's Grand Champ. Click through the image gallery to listen.