Ruff Ryders Cuts Deal With Virgin

Ruff Ryders has inked a deal with Virgin Records where the Yonkers-based company will recruit artists and release future compilations through the union. Still, DMX will remain at Def Jam records and Eve, the Lox, Jadakiss and Styles will stay at their Interscope Records.

Drag-On will release his second LP, Hell And Back, on Sept 16 as the first album. The next month, Jin is scheduled to release Almost Famous, his debut, on Oct 7.

"Ruff Ryders has consistently pinpointed not only hot trends but true artists. They have an incredible ability to capture the sound of the streets, while appealing to both purists and mainstream audiences,” said Virgin CEO Matt Serletic in a statement.

"We're really excited to team up with Virgin to take Ruff Ryders to the next level,” said Ruff Ryders co-CEO Waah Dean.