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Birth name Mel Jason Smalls
Born January 4, 1980, 36 years old
Origin The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Actor
Years active 1997-Present
Labels Hood Environment (current) Full Surface, Virgin Records, Ruff Ryders, Interscope (former)
Associated acts DMX, Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox

Mel Jason Smalls (born January 4, 1980), better known by his stage name Drag-On, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from the Bronx borough of New York City. Drag-On is perhaps best known as an original member of the Ruff Ryders Entertainment imprint, where he released his debut album, Opposite of H2O (2000). The album was successful, debuting at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart and eventually sold over 500,000 copies and earning a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After leaving Interscope Records, which issued his debut alongside Ruff Ryders, Drag-On joined Virgin Records and released his second album Hell and Back, in 2004. Hell and Back, did not sell like the Opposite of H2O;however,it did very well for an album that did not receive any promotions, promotions tour, radio spins, or advertising.

Drag-On began his own record label Hood Environment in 2014. Drag-On launched his website Hood Environment.Com with a series of hot, new freestyles and singles. Drag-On has branded Hood Environment Record Label and has taken it to a new level. Drag-On started this record label when he realized that the sound of music was changing sonically. Hood Environment Record Label took over 5 years to evolve because it was Drag-On’s vision, in which he foreseen to be a success. Hood Environment is a hood involvement type of movement. Hood Environment means that 9 times out of 10, “We Will Keep the Hood Involved.” Hood Environment will be visual in every hood all over the globe. Drag-On has appeared in the 2001 film Exit Wounds and the 2003 Cradle 2 the Grave, both of which stars his then-Ruff Ryders label-mate DMX.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Opposite of H2O 5 2
Hell and Back
  • Released: February 10, 2004
  • Label: Virgin
  • Format: CD, digital download
47 5
Hood Environment
  • Released: September 4, 2007
  • Label: Hood Environment Records
  • Format: Online Promo downloads


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Down Bottom"
(with Swizz Beatz and Juvenile)
1999 43 5 Ryde or Die
"Spit These Bars"
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
80 Opposite of H2O
"Bang Bang Boom"
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
2003 94 Hell and Back
"Put Your Drinks Down"
(featuring DMX, Eve, Jadakiss, Birdman and TQ)

Promotional singles[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Stand Up (The Sean Bell Tribute Song)"[2]
(with Swizz Beatz, Maino, Cassidy, Styles P and Talib Kweli)
2008 Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"MMM (Remix)"[3] 2015 Cassidy, Fred Money, Vado, Red Café, Papoose, Maino, Uncle Murda, Fat Trel, Fred the Godson, Chubby Jag, J.R. Writer, Dave East, Compton Menace N/A


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