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Birth name Mel Jason Smalls
Born (1979-01-04) January 4, 1979 (age 36)
Origin The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Actor, rapper
Years active 1997-present
Labels Hood Environment (present)
Full Surface, Virgin Records, Ruff Ryders, Interscope (past)
Associated acts DMX, Swizz Beatz, Eve

Mel Jason Smalls (born January 4, 1979), better known by his stage name Drag-On, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from the Bronx borough of New York City. Drag-On is perhaps best known as an original member of the Ruff Ryders Entertainment imprint, where he released his debut album, Opposite of H2O (2000). The album was successful, debuting at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart and eventually sold over 500,000 copies and earning a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After leaving Interscope Records, which issued his debut alongside Ruff Ryders, Drag-On joined Virgin Records and released his second album Hell and Back, in 2004. The album failed to garner the success of his debut, only reaching number 47 on the Billboard 200, and was subsequently dropped from Virgin. In October 2007, Drag-On signed a recording contract with his longtime friend and former Ruff Ryders label-mate Swizz Beatz's Full Surface Records.[1][2] Drag-On has appeared in the 2001 film Exit Wounds and the 2003 Cradle 2 the Grave, both of which stars his then-Ruff Ryders label-mate DMX.



List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Opposite of H2O 5 2
Hell and Back
  • Released: February 10, 2004
  • Label: Virgin
  • Format: CD, digital download
47 5
Hood Environment
  • Released: September 4, 2007
  • Label: T.R.U.S.T. Family
  • Format: Online Promo downloads


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Down Bottom"
(with Swizz Beatz and Juvenile)
1999 43 5 Ryde or Die
"Spit These Bars"
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
80 Opposite of H2O
"Bang Bang Boom"
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
2003 94 Hell and Back
"Put Your Drinks Down"
(featuring DMX, Eve, Jadakiss, Birdman and TQ)

Promotional singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Stand Up (The Sean Bell Tribute Song)"[4]
(with Swizz Beatz, Maino, Cassidy, Styles P and Talib Kweli)
2008 Non-album single


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