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
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]

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.

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

Cover[edit]

Pittsburgh progressive metal band Delusions of Grandeur released a cover of "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" on June 16, 2014. A free download is available on their Bandcamp website.[5]

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