Recently, DMX and Swizz Beatz have taken to their respective Instagram accounts to reveal that a new album from the mercurial rapper is in the works, marking his first release since his seventh album Undisputed in 2012.
While he’s known more today for his various legal and meme-worthy antics, during the late 90s into the early Aughts he and his Ruff Ryders crew had an epic run that shifted the sound and look of East Coast hip hop for a time. The antithesis of Puff Daddy’s glossy Bad Boy sound, Eve, The Lox, Drag-On and Swizz were responsible for some of the hardest-hitting anthems of their time.
Now, London-based label Local Action Records has tributed Ruff Ryders by dropping a lengthy mix on their radio show, Radar Radio. A two-hour session, the mix is a nostalgia-inducing set featuring some favorites (“Down Bottom,” “Ride Or Die, B*tch”), street classics (“Blackout,” “Recognize”), club hits (“Good Times (I Get High),” “How’s It Goin’ Down?”) and more.
Take a trip down memory lane below.