Ruff Ryders Entertainment
|Ruff Ryders Entertainment|
|Founder||Joaquin "Waah" Dean|
Darrin "Dee" Dean
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Yonkers, New York|
Ruff Ryders is a record label founded by Joaquin "Waah" Dean and Darin "Dee" Dean and Chivon Dean, uncles and aunt of producer Swizz Beatz. It operated as a subsidiary of Universal, and distributed by Fontana Distribution.
Ruff Ryders began as the managers of DMX and the LOX. Following DMX's chart success, the management company started its own label. The label signed several more acts who consequently became successful, including Eve, Drag-On, Cassidy and Jin. The Deans' nephew, Swizz Beatz, was the main producer for most of the acts.
The label promoted the idea of all its acts being part of the "Ruff Ryders family", as evidenced when DMX won Best Rap Album at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards and was joined on stage by the other Ruff Ryders artists when he went to accept his award.
In 2010 the Dean family relaunched the label as Ruff Ryders Indy, and has branched out into other areas, including Ruff Ryders Lifestyles (a sports bike organization), Ruff Ryders Films, Powerhouse Recording Studios, NatPro, a promotional company, and RR Rescue.
- DMX (Ruff Ryders/Def Jam)
- Jin (Ruff Ryders/Atlantic)
- Fiend (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Eve (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- The LOX (Ruff Ryders/D-Block/Bad Boy)
- Jadakiss (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Styles P (Ruff Ryders/D-Block/E1)
- Sheek Louch (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Swizz Beatz (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Drag-On (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- DANCIL (Ruff Ryders/Universal)
Labels founded by Ruff Ryder artists
- Bloodline Records Founded By DMX
- D-Block Records Founded By The Lox
- Full Surface Founded By Swizz Beatz
- Hood Environment Entertainment Founded By Drag-On
- From the Rib Music Founded By Eve
- SoRaspy Founded By Jadakiss
- It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998)
- Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998)
- ...And Then There Was X (1999)
- The Great Depression (2001)
- Grand Champ (2003)
- Year of the Dog...Again (2006)
- The Definition of X: The Pick of the Litter (Greatest Hits) (2007)
- Undisputed (2012)
- Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady (1999)
- Scorpion (2001)
- Eve-Olution (2002)
- Here I Am (Unreleased) (2007)
- Lip Lock (2013)
- A Gangster and a Gentleman (2002)
- Time Is Money (2006)
- Super Gangster, Extraordinary Gentleman (2007)
- We Are The Streets (2000)
- The Rest Is History (2004)
- Ryde or Die Vol. 1 (1999)
- Ryde or Die Vol. 2 (2000)
- Ryde or Die Vol. 3: In the "R" We Trust (2001)
- The Redemption Vol. 4 (2005)
- Ruff Ryders: Past, Present, Future (2011)
- The Dirtiest Thirstiest (2004)
- Phares, Heather. Biography of Ruff Ryders at AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2008.
- Simon, Reynolds (March 12, 2000). "Family Values in the Rap Business". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "About Us". Ruff Ryders Lifestyles. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- http://ruffrydersfilms.com Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- Discography for Ruff Ryders at AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2008.