Wan gwan rap music enthusiasts? RAP MUSIC HYSTERIA comin correct wit da content dat keeps da fiends fiendin! So yo, back in the day RUFF RYDERS was the clique. Don't tell me otherwise! Heads had posters of Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood hanging over their virginal four-poster beds (no homo). Don't know about y'all, but I stayed bumpin Ruff Ryders Vol. 1 on my Sony Discman, escapin from da oppressive confines of middle school into a thugged-out wonder world of sweaty shirtless men, steroid abuse, and crotch rockets (no homo). I was so into the Double-R that I was anticipating the YUNG WUN album that never came out; I didn't even skip da song by those wack DRU HILL wannabes, PARLE! Dat's how thoro I kepts it.
So when DRAG-ON came out, you best believe I was jockin. Sheeit, "Down Bottom," "Niggaz Die For Me," and "Spit These Bars" was fresh to death on the strength of those tinny early SWIZZ BEATZ beats alone. When I heard "Niggaz Die For Me" on the radio it was nearly unintelligible (too many N-words). I was hooked. He and DMX even dressed adorably like firemen for the video (RUFF RYDERS loved gimmicks and costumes almost as much as motorcycles and male camaraderie).
So picture my disappointment when I listened closely to the lyrics on "The Hood." DRAG-ON asks, and I quote, "You know how many chinks and Jews / Drag's done dragged out / On a cash route?" Well, none I hope, but I suppose the implied answer is "a lot?" My rainbow coalition heart was broken. DRAG-ON revealed himself to be little more than Goebbels in a durag.
I thought RUFF RYDERS were a social movement where men could be men, lift weights without shirts in the presence of other men, ride fast motorcycles with other men, dress up identically to other men, and basically just enjoy the company of other men whilst doing manly things men like to do (token female EVE notwithstanding [no homo]). But DRAG-ON ruined my utopian dream with his words of hate. I quickly defected to THE ROC and STATE PROPERTY. Although they had less of the welcoming YMCA vibe I so dug in RUFF RYDERS, at least they didn't rap about murdering Chinese folks and the Chosen People.