DMX – Ruff Ryders’ Anthem

DMX released his single “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” on May 5, 1998.  The single was produced by Swizz Beatz and was released on Ruff Ryders/Def Jam Records.  The single also included the song “Slippin” and was also included on DMX’s debut studio album “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot“.

When this song dropped, it was like a wildfire had hit a forest where the trees where soaked in gasoline.  You heard it everywhere.  It was on the radio.  It was bumped in the ride at loud volumes.  It was played in the club.  No matter where you turned, people where playing this jam and it made people move.  It made the ladies dance and made the guys kick the chorus over and over again.

The combination of that crazy nice Swizz Beatz beat, the chorus and DMX’s unique voice (and dog grunts) made this a jam that people bumped all through the summer and fall of 1998.  The video is also known for it’s motorcycle and bodybuilding scenes.  In 1999, DJ Clue? released a remix of this track featuring DMX, Jadakiss, Styles P, Drag-On and Eve.

The album “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” had some dope tracks including “Get at Me Dog“, “Stop Being Greedy“, “How’s It Goin’ Down“, “Damien” and “Fuckin’ wit’ D“.  The album was different than any other rap album I had heard before and before we can get sick of the album, he dropped his second album “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood” at the end of 1998.  It’s easy to say that 1998 was DMX’s year!

[Hook]
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll

[Verse 1]
Niggas wanna try, niggas wanna lie
Then niggas wonder why niggas wanna die
All I know is pain, all I feel is rain
How can I maintain with mad shit on my brain
I resort to violence, my niggas move in silence
Like you don’t know what our style is
New York niggas the wildest
My niggas is with it; you want it, come and get it
Took it, then we split it, you fuckin’ right we did it
What the fuck you gon’ do when we run up on you?
Fuckin’ with the wrong crew
Don’t know what we’re goin’ through
I’ma have to show niggas how easily we blow niggas
When you find out there’s some mo’ niggas
That’s runnin’ with yo’ niggas
Nothin’ we can’t handle, break it up and dismantle
Light it up, like a candle, just ‘cause I can’t stand you
Put my shit on tapes like you bustin’ grapes
Think you holdin’ weight, then you haven’t met the apes

[Hook]
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll

[Verse 2]
Is y’all niggas crazy? I’ll bust you and be Swayze
Stop actin’ like a baby; mind your business, lady!
Nosy people get it too, when you see me spit at you
You know I’m tryin’ to get rid of you, yeah, I know, it’s pitiful
That’s how niggas get down, watch my niggas spit rounds
Make y’all niggas kiss ground, just for talkin’ shit, clown
Oh, you think it’s funny? Then you don’t know me, money
It’s about to get ugly, fuck it, dawg, I’m hungry
I guess you know what that mean, come up off that green
Rob niggas on ravine, don’t make it a murder scene
Give a dog a bone, leave a dog alone
Let a dog roam and he’ll find his way home
Home of the brave, my home is a cage
Ayo, I’ma slave ’til my home is a grave
I’ma pull capers, it’s all about the papers
Bitches caught the vapors, and now they wanna rape us

[Hook]
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll

[Verse 3]
Look what you done started, asked for it, you got it
Had it, should’ve shot it, now you’re dearly departed
Get at me, dawg, did I rip shit? With this one here I flip shit
Niggas know when I kick shit it’s gon’ be some slick shit
What was that look for when I walked in the door?
Oh, you thought you was raw?! Boom! Not anymore
‘Cause now you on the floor, wishin’ you never saw
Me walk through that door with that .44
Now it’s time for bed, two more to the head
Got the floor red, yeah, that nigga’s dead
Another unsolved mystery, it’s goin’ down in history
Niggas ain’t never did shit to me
Bitch-ass niggas can’t get to me
Gots to make the move, got a point to prove
Gotta make them groove, got ’em all like, “Ooh!”
So to the next time you hear this nigga rhyme
Try to keep your mind on gettin’ pussy and crime

[Hook]
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll
Stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop
Oh, no, that’s how Ruff Ryders roll

[Outro]
Talk is cheap, mothafucka!

-Al E.

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