Ruff Ryders' Anthem

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"Ruff Ryders' Anthem"
Single by DMX
from the album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
Released May 5, 1998 (1998-05-05)
Recorded 1997
Genre East coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 3:34
Label Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Producer(s) Swizz Beatz
Certification 5x Platinum (RIAA)
DMX singles chronology
"Stop Being Greedy"
(1998)
"Ruff Ryders' Anthem"
(1998)
"How's It Goin' Down"
(1998)

"Ruff Ryders' Anthem" is a song by American hip hop recording artist DMX, released as the fourth single from his debut studio album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998). It ranks at #79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. In the U.S. it peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song has since sold over 5,000,000 copies.

Background[edit]

Production[edit]

It was produced by a then unknown record producer, Swizz Beatz. Instrumentally, it was famous for the catchy sitar looping sound. The song was released in 1998 as a B-Side to "Slippin'". The song is one of DMX's best known singles.

Lyrics[edit]

The song is known for DMX's singing on the chorus: "Oh, no/That's how ruff ryders roll". At the first verse "Niggas wanna try, niggas wanna lie, then niggas wonder why, niggas wanna die" in the dirty version is changed to "snitches wanna try, snitches wanna lie, then snitches wonder why, snitches wanna die" in the clean version. "With that shit on my brain" is changed to "with madness on my brain" in the clean version as well.

Charts[edit]

Charts (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 94
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard)[3] 33
"Ruff Ryders' Anthem (Remix)"
Single by DJ Clue? featuring DMX, Jadakiss, Styles P, Drag-On and Eve
from the album The Professional
Released 1999
Format Radio airplay, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1997–1999
Genre Rap, hip hop
Length 3:52
Label Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam
Producer(s) Swizz Beatz, DJ Clue?, Ken "Duro" Ifill
DJ Clue? singles chronology
"I Like Control"
(1999)
"Ruff Ryders' Anthem (Remix)"
(1999)
"Back 2 Life 2001"
(2000)

DJ Clue Remix[edit]

"Ruff Ryders' Anthem (Remix)" features DMX, Jadakiss, Styles P, Drag-On, & Eve; and was released in 1999 as the third and final single from Clue's solo debut, The Professional (1998).[4] The remix charted on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and was later on featured in Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories in the station "The Liberty Jam".

Charts[edit]

Charts (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[4] 47

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