Ruff Ryders Indy

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Ruff Ryders Indy
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 2010
Founder Darrin "Dee" Dean
Joaquin "Waah" Dean and T-Davis
Distributor(s) Fontana Distribution
(In the US)
Universal Music Group
(Outside the US)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York
Official website [1]

Ruff Ryders Indy is an independent record label founded by brothers Darrin "Dee" Dean and Joaquin "Waah" Dean after the disbandment of Ruff Ryders Entertainment.


After the disbandment of Ruff Ryders Entertainment, in 2010, Joaquin and Darin Dean decided to revamp the brand through a new venture known as Ruff Ryders Indy, as a Fontana/Universal affiliated distribution company that provides hands-on mentoring and consulting services to independent labels. Joaquin Dean has helped introduce artists like DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz, The LOX, and others into pop culture, selling over 35 millions of records in the process.

Ruff Ryders Indy, Inc. has signed new artists to the label such as MOOK, Lil Waah (son of Joaquin Dean), Shella, and Hugo. The company is releasing its first new album a compilation that includes the established Ruff Ryders artists, DMX, Eve, LOX, Drag-On, Swizz Beatz, and Cassidy with the new artists entitled; Ruff Ryders Past, Present, Future on November 21, 2011, 2011. A Third album by Drag-On will follow the release of the compilation, with additional music to be released by established and new artists of the label.


Current acts[edit]

Act Year signed Albums released under Ruff Ryders Indy Description
DMX 2011 1 DMX was signed to Ruff Ryders Indy in 2011 after his release from prison. Under Ruff Ryders Entertainment, he has released 7 albums.
Eve 2011 3 Eve signed to Ruff Ryders Indy and Re-signed to Swizz Beatz' Full Surface in 2011
Drag-On 2011 2 Drag-On was signed to Ruff Ryders Indy in 2010 as part of the management company but became an official artist when Joaquin and Darin Dean decided to revamp Ruff Ryders as Ruff Ryders Indy.
Mook 2011 Rapper from Harlem, New York. Waah signed Mook to his Ruff Ryder Indy label in 2011.
Lil Waah 2010 Joaquin Dean Jr. aka Lil Waah is the son of Joaquin Dean and signed to Ruff Ryders Indy in 2010 at the Powerhouse Studio.
Shella 2011 Rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer. Born and raised in Honolulu.
L.A.C. Goon 2011 Rapper from New York. Signed to Ruff Ryders Indy.
El-Gwoppo 2011 Rapper from Brooklyn, New York. Signed to Ruff Ryders Indy through a joint venture with Fetti Boy Nation.

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