Matt Diehl
May 21, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 1

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dragon, Jay Z, Various Artists
Producers
Interscope, Ruff Ryders
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

On this compilation, multi-platinum hip-hop thug DMX throws the spotlight on his Ruff Ryders crew, who prove rough and ready to sling rhymes. Newcomers Drag-On and Eve hold their own alongside superstar Jay-Z; Juvenile and Jermaine Dupri prove they can bounce to East Coast beats. The real star in Ruff Ryders: Ryde or Die Vol. 1, though, is producer Swizz Beatz, whose sample-free grooves decimate all comers with electronic precision. B+

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