• "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" is a song by American rapper DMX, released as the third single from his debut studio album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998).
From the Album
• Ruff Ryders Anthem, produced by a young Swizz Beatz, was initially rejected by X, who claimed the beat wasn't raw enough. DMX didn't want to do it. He was like, 'Man, that sounds like some rock 'n' roll track, I need some hip-hop shit. I'm not doing that. It's not hood enough."
• The video features cameo appearances by the rap group Onyx, The LOX, Eve and Swizz Beatz. It has over 968 million views on YouTube as of 2021.
• It ranks at number 79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. In the US, it originally peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, before reaching a new peak of number 16 following DMX's death in April 2021.
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
May 5, 1998
Hardcore hip hop
Earl Simmons, Kasseem Dean