When the Ruff Ryders movement unexpectedly dissolved, many of the roster also faded into obscurity as years progressed.
Moving from Interscope to Virgin Records for the 2004 release of Hell and Back, rapper Drag-On would be dropped by the label due to low sales for the album which hadn’t matched the success of his debut album Opposite of H2O.
Five years later and a new page has turned in the life of the rapper. Now with a daughter, Drag has a new lease of life which he intends to bring back to the music world with the release of his upcoming album My Life, My Legacy, My Melody.
My Melody makes reference to his daughter.
Drag was able to catch up during an interview with HipHopWired and the exclusive on the project and what to expect as far as the music.
“My album right now it’s called My Life, My Legacy, My Melody. The Shyte is real crazy. This joint right here I pretty much based this album on stadium music. I pretty much only did songs that make me feel good on stage when I’m performing. I got a lot of hungry producers on there; Swizz Beatz, Neo Da Matrix, my man avenue from Full Surface, my man Snag is a producer. We just grinding on this album right now.”
In grind mode, the Bronx native has been heavy at work to ensure that he places the pure focus on himself, new music and getting the project done.
“We like 75 percent done with that joint, I’m dropping my album March or April. This album is half Ruff Ryders and the other half Is Hood Environment so we making sure a lot of things move, as far as with me.”
2004, however, is much different from 2009 as the game has gone through a drastic transition in substance, but Drag to the Dash finds that he will be able to adapt to the changing times.
“No doubt, I definitely got to give them a different sound, different swag, different everything, but at the same time, I’m still gonna give them the same Drag. A lot with me has changed over the year so I’m still gonna give them the same Drag, I’m just giving them a little more swag this time.”
Already leaking the cut “Money”, he is keeping himself buried in the lab to bring new sides to the fans of his music.
“Actually right now, I’m still working, I’m still in the studio. I just did this song with the R&B kid Avery Storm and that joint came out crazy.”
In regards to Hip Hop, he adds that the game is still missing something that is very essential to the genre and in maintaining the craft.
“Just real talent, a lot of talent is not in the game right now. I think I’m bringing back real talent, real bars, I feel as though the streets really need.”
Whatever the pending case is with the Ruff Ryders reunion, Drag-On seems to have tunnel vision and is purely focused on himself and ensuring that he delivers with his next project.