Flashback Friday: Ruff Ryders Vol. 1 and Violator: The Album

This Friday, Twitter is all abuzz about the release of Dreamville Records’ Revenge of the Dreamers 3. I’ve yet to lay my ears on it but I’m all for a return to those record label collabo albums that we enjoyed decades ago. Here are two notable ones:

ryde or die vol 1

Ruff Ryders Ryde or Die, Vol. 1 (1999)

Before Cash Money took over over the 99 and the 2000s, the Ruff Ryders had the game on lock. With DMX as the biggest rapper in the world, Swizz Beatz revolutionizing the world of production, co-signs from A-list artists and a stable of up-and-comers, Double R’s first compilation was bulletproof.

Also check out:

“Jigga My N***” – Jay Z

“Down Bottom” – Drag-On and Juvenile


Violator: The Album (1999)

Not to be outdone, the Violator imprint released this one just a couple of months after the Ruff Ryders album. It’s pretty forgotten about today but it’s a great release with one very notable song – it was the first time we heard Q-Tip’s debut solo track “Vivrant Thing,” becoming the first solo hit for the frontman of A Tribe Called Quest.

Also check out:

“Who Can I Trust” – Cormega and Lil Wayne

“Nobody” – Next and Mysonne

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.


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