From his debut studio album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, DMX released the song “How’s It Goin’ Down” as the fourth single.
On June 9, 1998, the song—which features R&B singer Faith Evans—was made available to radio broadcasters.
A moderate hit, the song peaked at No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.
A portion of The Headhunters’ 1975 album Survival of the Fittest’s song “God Make Me Funky” may be heard in the song.