The flip side of “all about the Benjamins”: … must be when you’re DMX, and you call your next album “The Great Depression.” But as long as there are vintage jams to pimp, some rappers will always have food on their plates.
The mood shifts about 180 degrees on “When I’m Nothin.” Here, the Dog flips Stephanie Mills’ ’80s hit “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ ” to help him talk about fake friends and admirers who might not be behind him in times of need. Despite the subject matter, the song still gets the party going.
According to a source close to X, Mills was so much in love with how X — who co-produced the song with Dame Grease — used the sample, she requested to sing on the track. She retools her old lyrics to “What you gonna do when I’m nothing?/ You’re crazy about my style/ What you gonna do when I’m nothing/ Please don’t have me acting wild/ Tell me now!” X later chimes in with ad-libs, yelling “What! What!” while Mills barks back “Tell me!”