DMX Struggles Through Ruff Ryders Reunion Concert
(AllHipHop News) Eve, Fat Joe, The Lox, Cassidy, French Montana and Swizz Beatz impressed during a Ruff Ryders reunion gig, as DMX struggled through his set.
Stars from the hip-hop label took to the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center over the weekend and fans went wild as several special guests made an appearance during the gig.
Bronx natives Fat Joe and Remy Ma kicked off the night as they performed their huge hits “Lean Back,” “All the Way Up” and Remy’s solo effort from 2006, “Whuteva.”
French Montana, who had joined in the group effort for “All The Way Up,” then performed “Unforgettable,” “Ain’t Worried About Nothin,” “Pop That,” and his verse from Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Boy (Remix).”
Eve blew the crowd away as she took to the stage, gave the strongest performance of the night, with her set including hits “Love Is Blind,” her Gwen Stefani duet “Blow Your Mind,” “Satisfaction,” “Who’s That Girl” and her verse from Missy Elliot’s “Hot Boyz (Remix).”
The LOX paid tribute to the The Notorious B.I.G. when they brought out Junior Mafia’s Lil Cease to perform “Get Money” and his verse from Lil Kim’s “Crush on You.”
After jumping into “All About the Benjamins,” the hip-hop trio enlisted Brooklyn’s Uncle Murda to perform “Cam’ron Voice” and M.O.P for “Ante Up.”
Rapper and producer Swizz Beatz performed his own solo efforts, including “Money in the Bank,” during his hour-long set, as well as the tracks he has produced, including Drake’s “Fancy,” T.I.’s “Louie Rag” and Jay Z’s “On to the Next.”
The headline act DMX then stormed the stage, wearing a black Ruff Ryders jersey emblazoned with the number 88.
However, during his hit-laden set which included hits “How It’s Goin’ Down,” “Party Up” and “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” he launched into long speeches in between tracks, losing momentum which confused the crowd.
He was then told he had to cut his set as he was running over, to which he shouted, “They can kick rocks!” before singing the Phil Collins hit “In the Night” to the crowd’s dismay.
“Don’t expect me to be a role model!” he yelled as he closed his set.
The Ruff Ryders label was established in 1997, and birthed several successful number one albums, including Eve’s debut Let There Be Eve in 1999, and DMX’s And Then There Was X later that year.