Uh, Ruff Ryders

from DMX – Damien Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

At the time and for a good portion of his career, DMX was signed with Ruff Ryders Entertainment — a record label managed by Darrin Dean and Joaquin Dean founded in 1988. The label is famous for initially managing some of today’s most well known hip hop artists such as DMX himself, Ruff Ryders (Hip Hop Group led by DMX), Swizz Beatz (producer), The LOX, Jadakiss, Styles P and Jin. The label was abandoned in 2010, however it was revamped through a new brand/label known as Ruff Ryders Indy which is still currently operating. Unfortunately the labels glory days are far gone. The Ruff Ryders/DMX era ranged from 1998-2005, considered to be a ‘golden era’ were many albums released by the label are considered ‘classics’ most notably from DMX’s catalog.

The Ruff Ryders hip hop crew itself consisted of Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Drag-on, Styles P, Sheek Louch, DMX (Lead act) and Eve. The crew dominated charts back in their early days (1999-2005). Past Present Future is the latest Ruff Ryders album (released in late 2011) however it wasn’t very well received by critics. A new set of established artists have come to manage the crew however they have not received the same success as the old members. It is unknown whether or not there will be a new Ruff Ryders album and if DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss and Styles P will be included in it. While the old artists still occasionally rep and shout out ‘Ruff Ryders’ in songs and interviews the Ruff Ryders hip hop group has generally believed to be abandoned.

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