"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. The song has since sold over 5,000,000 copies.
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 lie, niggas wanna try, then niggas wonder why, niggas wanna die" in the dirty version is changed to "snitches wanna lie, snitches wanna try, 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.
DJ Clue Remix
"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). 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".