Bronx rapper Stride-On was a key fragment of the Ruff Ryders rap dynasty in the unhurried Nineties and early 2000s, making many memorable appearances alongside DMX, the Lox, and Eve. As fans all the strategy in which thru the enviornment mourned DMX after his dying at age 50, Stride-On called to share his recollections of the unhurried MC.
After I first met DMX, I was 17. I was pretty a lot homeless on the time. They introduced me all of the strategy in which down to the Energy Condominium studio in Yonkers to fulfill a rapper. I didn’t comprehend it was going to be him. Wait on at that time, it was the fight skills — all that SMACK DVD stuff got here from us. He was there on the studio, and so that they suggested me to rap, and so that they suggested him to rap. Next component I knew, it modified into a fight.
Obviously, I lost the fight. Nevertheless he respected me, because I saved coming at him. X faded to fight, love, 10 of us by himself, and literally develop them discontinuance one after the other. For me, being 17, and never genuinely knowing I was in a fight until toward the tip, I impartial correct saved coming at him, and he felt my starvation and felt my pain. He was the one who put aside the mark on me: “I’m now not going to front. I desire this cramped dude merely here.” That’s how I grew to change into Ruff Ryders.
Coming from where I got here from, and going thru what I was going thru, it was a relief to feel as if I got here all the strategy in which thru family. It took a couple days for us to change into brothers. I loved every artist, but me and DMX had been frequently the tightest. We genuinely looked at one another love brothers. It’s crazy, too, because on the time I genuinely looked love I will win been his cramped brother.
There’s two phrases to record DMX: Energy and passion. Even in case you stumbled on other phrases that chase with that, that you just may now not leave out those two. Those are vital. That’s DMX. That’s why the enviornment loved him, and that’s why we loved him. His energy and his passion had been one thing from out of this world.
X was an valid individual. He had love for me straight. It was pure for him. When he got here all the strategy in which thru of us, if he rocked with you, he rocked with you; and if he don’t, he don’t. Nevertheless he was frequently real about it. You’d be love, “Yo, X, what’s up?” And he’s the form that could doubtlessly characterize you: “Dog, listen, I don’t genuinely fuck with you.” He was valid form-hearted, too. X was a giving form of individual — and he didn’t care about you giving it abet. He felt as if his blessings got here from the Lord.
He gave me an different to let the enviornment hear me even earlier than I was signed to Ruff Ryders, on the song on his first album [1998’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot] called “For My Dogs.” I did that in 1997. That was the 2d song I ever even recorded in my existence. I’d by no technique been in the studio love that, and I had to chase in and attain that verse merely there with all these expansive MCs that had already been in the sport. Quite lots of of us cherished my verse on there. I was impartial correct delighted that I held my weight on it.
Being in the studio with DMX was a gargantuan skills. Your pen had to be shifting, and likewise you had to be aggressive with it, and likewise you genuinely had to be about your shit. There was no playing games. He was valid strict. He’d be love, “All merely, Stride, witness. Here’s what we’re doing.” I didn’t win too a lot narrate-so. He had the total orchestration of what he wanted to realize. I discovered lots from looking out at him attain that. Love on “No Worship 4 Me,” he’d narrate, “Stride, we’re gonna rap love this: ‘If I’m gonna bewitch, I’ma bewitch all night…’” And then I had to realize the same component: “You fuckin’ with me, ain’t keepin’ your well being merely…” He’d narrate, “I need you to rap this draw, otherwise you’re going to be ready to’t procure on the song.” It was structure and it was love and it was passion.
The most vital time I went on tour with DMX, I was worried. Before the whole lot, on the Survival of the Illest Tour [in 1998], I was impartial correct his hype man. That was a studying skills. Ought to you’re performing occasion song, all you gotta attain is dance and chase with the occasion. Nevertheless Ruff Ryders, we put aside out avenue song. To procure the crew hype over some avenue shit takes technique more energy than trying to procure the crew hype off of a occasion joint. So being his hype man genuinely taught me easy solutions to create. By the Laborious Knock Life Tour [in 1999], I was ready to come out and create with DMX two or thrice an night, because we had so many songs collectively.
Performing with X was impartial a cramped of assorted than performing with other artists. Some nights, he didn’t desire you performing with him. Songs love “Pause, Fall” [“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”] — every on occasion he’d attain the joint with all of us, and each on occasion he’d attain it by himself. The provoking fragment was that he by no technique suggested you. You stumbled on out onstage. Excellent when your fragment was presupposed to come up, he’d impartial correct defend rapping his fragment. Nevertheless when he did desire you to create, he would witness at you, and likewise you impartial correct gotta be ready to realize your verse. I discovered that perchance the fourth time performing, and then I was sharp and willing to spit my verse, impartial correct in case.
After I specialize in abet on those days, I specialize in about so many things that he did for me. It was technique previous song, the love he had for me. It was guaranteeing my mental was merely. Speaking phrases from the Lord. He was an valid believer, love I’m. He frequently preached the be aware to those who he felt wished it, and he frequently ended his display cloak with a prayer. He also helped be pleased my movie career. I was ready to shoot motion footage with Steven Seagal. I was ready to chase from my projects to going in a fight with Jet Li in Cradle 2 the Grave, co-starring with Gabrielle Union and Tom Arnold. These are things that DMX did for me.
I’m composed processing this. It’s been tough for me. I was impartial correct listening to the song that we did for DJ Clue, and then I was listening to “No Worship 4 Me.” Quite lots of his ragged classics, the songs that me and him did. He was one of essentially the most attention-grabbing rappers to ever attain it. Surely one of essentially the most attention-grabbing, too — there are of us in their 70s and 80s who I know in my understanding are enormous DMX fans. He’s going to be remembered as a king.