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.
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.