||Mel Jason Smalls
January 4, 1979 |
||The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
||T.R.U.S.T. Family, Hood Environment (present)
Full Surface, Virgin Records, Ruff Ryders, Interscope (past)
||DMX, Swizz Beatz
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 2000 debut album Opposite of H2O. The album was successful, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 and eventually selling 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 #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. 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.