If you were around for hip-hop in the 90s, consider yourself lucky. That time birthed a ton of legendary hip-hop movements. Ruff Ryders Entertainment happens to be one of them. It was one of the biggest labels in the late 90s. Some of the biggest names in hip-hop came from the brand. DMX, The LOX, Eve and Swizz Beatz have given us hits that we still remember today. I mean, how can we forget?
Their names are still reigning supreme in hip hop history. But there were more artists on the label. Remember hip hop’s first Asian-American MC, Jin, and the Bronx’s own lyricist, Drag-On? Yeah, it’s been awhile since we’ve actually seen all of the faces of the label, so we gotta ask: Where are they now?
Drag-On released two albums: The Opposite of H20 (2000) under the Ruff Ryders label and Hell and Back (2004) under Virgin Records. He signed to the label in 2004 before signing to Swizz Beats’s Full Surface Records in 2007. He also tried his acting skills alongside DMX in Cradle to the Grave and Exit Wounds.
Today, he’s still doing music and released a single, “Rayful Edmond,” earlier this year under his own label, Hood Environment.
The trio originally signed with Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy label in 1995 before signing with RR in 1999. During their time with Bad Boy, they rose to fame with their part in “All About the Benjamins.” After that, their features in hit songs like “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa,” Mariah Carey’s “Honey” and JLO’s “Jenny From The Block” continued their mainstream success which made their Money, Power, Respect album go platinum. While they were on a success high, the group felt they needed to be with a rougher label because they deemed themselves “hardcore rappers.” They parted ways from Bad Boy. They released their 2000 album, We Are the Streets, under the Ruff Ryders label, and it went gold.
Today, the trio are traveling the world for the Puff Daddy and The Family reunion tour. They are expected to release their follow-up album, We Are the Streets 2, this year.
His career with Ruff Ryders was short-lived, but he made history. He was the first Asian-American rapper to be signed to a major label. The MC came to fame after winning BET’s 106 & Park Freestyle Friday battles seven times which got him inducted into their hall of fame. The night of the induction, he announced his signing to Ruff Ryders. He released one album under their belt before putting his rap career on hold in 2005. He returned to the scene and put out new music under The Great Company label in 2014, but we haven’t heard anything since. He’s now married with a son named Chance.