Drag-On talks Ruff Ryders and DMX

31 Dec

Ever since the Ruff Ryders first rose to prominence, behind DMX, Eve, and The L.O.X., Drag-On has been right there. Despite the fact that he has been the most loyal member to the Double R camp, as they are fondly called, he as never quite had his chance to shine. Maybe, if he had been, the crew would not have fallen off after DMX and the rest of the crew went on their hiatus. The big comeback year was supposed to be 2007, but issues happened and their comeback is set for 2010.

With a new decade, the camp has branched out in many ways. Drag-On said that he will always be a part of the Ruff Ryders’ movement, but he is branching out into his own. Not only is he a member of the Ruff Ryders, but Drag-On is also the head of his own record label, Hood Environment. No longer is Drag signed to the Ruff Ryders label, instead, he is signed to the distribution branch of the label, Ruff Ryders Indy.

This new spin-off of the original Ruff Ryders Entertainment will distribute his Hood Environment label. The first album under this deal will be Drag-On’s upcoming album, My Life, My Legacy, My Melody. After the release of his album, he will decide when the other artists signed to his label will release their new music. Not only will this album be the first off of his new imprint, but his last on the original Ruff Ryders label. After this, he is signed to a 50/50 venture with the label. He is now more than an artist.

The main reason that Drag-On decided to go ahead and start his own label was because all of the other Ruff Ryders artists were off doing other things. It became lonely with Drag being the only person on the label actually recording music. Because of that, he went back to the streets and started his own crew. But, when Swizz Beatz reached out, the entire crew reached back and they decided that they should record another album for the Ruff Ryders’ crew.

Due to the success that Drag-On has had on the street level, Swizz Beatz wanted to sign him to his other label, Full Surface. They reached a deal, but Drag will first have to release his final album on the Ruff Ryder label. His Hood Environment will be distributed by Ruff Ryders Indy, but all of Drag-On’s releases will come through Swizz Beatz’ Full Surface label.

For the past two months, Drag-On has been hard at work on his new album. He wants to get many of the Ruff Ryders together for this album. More than anything, he wants to work with DMX. But, due to the legal trouble that X is going through and his plethora of lawsuits, Drag understands why the dog has yet to get back with him. However, he did say that DMX is in the studio every chance he gets and he is recording his new album.

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