January 4: Drag-On Was Born. (1980)

January 4, 1980 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Mel “Drag-On” Smalls was born.

The Short

Drag-On would grow up to: (1) become a member of Ruff Ryders, (2) release 3 albums, (3) start his own Hood Environment label, (4) act in films and (5) beef with The Game for name dropping him on 92 Bars.

Drag-On, a seasoned rapper hailing from the gritty streets of the Bronx, New York, has solidified his name in the hip-hop scene with a distinctive style and unapologetic lyrical prowess. Born Mel Jason Smalls, Drag-On burst onto the rap scene in the late 1990s as a member of the Ruff Ryders, a renowned collective that included heavyweights like DMX and The Lox. Known for his rapid-fire delivery and aggressive rhymes, Drag-On quickly gained attention with his standout verses on tracks like “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” and “Down Bottom.

Drag-On actually turned getting served by DMX in a battle into a deal with Ruff Ryders:


With a career spanning over two decades, Drag-On has showcased his versatility as an artist, seamlessly navigating through various eras of hip-hop. His debut album, “Opposite of H2O,” released in 2000, was a testament to his raw talent and street credibility.

The Legacy

Over the years, Drag-On has continued to release music independently, staying true to his roots and maintaining a dedicated fan base. Beyond his music, Drag-On’s impact on the hip-hop community extends to his reputation as a resilient artist who has weathered the industry’s highs and lows while remaining authentic to his craft. As a rap veteran, Drag-On’s legacy is firmly etched into the foundation of East Coast hip-hop, leaving an indelible mark on the culture.


Happy Birthday, Drag-On!

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