Ryde or Die, Vol. 2

Ryde or Die, Vol. 2

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by Ruff Ryders
     
 

Throughout the '90s, hip-hop has increasingly become a family affair, with successful alliances formed by territorial cliques such as the Dirty South's Cash Money and No Limit camps and the East Coast's Wu-Tang and Def Squad posses. In the summer of 1999, however, it was the DMX-led …  See more details below

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Throughout the '90s, hip-hop has increasingly become a family affair, with successful alliances formed by territorial cliques such as the Dirty South's Cash Money and No Limit camps and the East Coast's Wu-Tang and Def Squad posses. In the summer of 1999, however, it was the DMX-led Ruff Ryders who reigned with the chart-detonating Ryde or Die Vol. 1. And the Ruff Ryders' sequel, aptly named Ryde or Die Vol. 2, is a genre-definitive compilation that assembles crews from every major geographical region. Whereas Ryde or Die Vol. 1 scored with Eve's salsa-inspired "What Y'all Want," this time around she chimes in with the steel-drum sprinkled "Got It All," featuring Jadakiss of the Lox. Meanwhile, "WW III" rides out to the ferocious and unpredictable rhymes of Cali's Snoop Dogg, New York cat Jadakiss, Texas rap veteran Scarface, and Atlanta's snarling newcomer Yung Wun against a thunderous horn-infused track that favorably conforms to each artist's individual style. Although DMX is considerably less visible on Vol. 2 (he appears only on "The Great"), his lyrical depth is matched by Styles of the Lox on the simmering solo cut "Holiday." Even beat-junkie Swizz Beatz steps his game up a notch by delivering less cartoonish and more versatile production, and he even makes a decent rap debut alongside Busta Rhymes on the high-energy, hater-bashing "Fright Night." Although compiling an album that covers every region of rap's rough-and-rugged terrain is an ambitious endeavor, Beatz and the Ruff Ryders prove they are more than up to the challenge. Neo Brentacious

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The far-ranging stable of rappers on the second Ryde or Die volume ensures a diversity album of rapping styles, while the patented Ruff Ryders style of production throughout makes it a surprisingly consistent listen. Once again, producer Swizz Beatz steals the spotlight with his garish synth-powered rhythms, while the other producers -- TJ Beatz, P. Killer Trackz, Teflon, and Mahogany -- second his signature style. There are moments when the music overshadows the rappers, reaffirming the reasons why Swizz Beatz became such a renowned producer ("Holiday" and "2 Tears in a Bucket" in particular come to mind), and there are moments when his fellow producers lay down equally stunning soundscapes, particularly "Weed, Hoes, Dough" and "Got It All" by Teflon and "Go Head" by TJ Beatz. Yet there are also moments when Beatz's music almost goes too far with its excessive synth use, like on "WW III" and "Friday Night." In addition to the noteworthy production on the album, there is also some stunning rapping by the album's superstars -- Method Man ("2 Years in a Bucket"), Snoop Dogg ("WW III"), and Busta Rhymes ("Friday Night") -- along with some impressive performances by up-and-coming rappers in the Ruff Ryders stable: Drag-On's "Weed, Hoes, Dough" and Jadakiss' "My Name Is Kiss." There are a few disappointing moments such as DMX's mediocre "The Great," the awkward chorus in "Friday Night," and the questionable synth gaudiness, but these moments are seldom.
Rolling Stone - Matt Diehl
This platinum posse delivers hardcore hip-hop that’s as shiny as ice and as street as cement.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2000
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949062521
catalogNumber:
490625

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Ryde or Die, Vol. 2 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
RUFF RYDERS VOLUME 2 IS SUCH AN EXCELLENT ALBUM. RYDE OR DIE VOLUME 1 WAS GREAT , AND VOLUME 2 IS GREAT. ALL THE RUFF RYDERS(DMX, EVE, SWIZZ BEATS, THE LOX, DRAG ON) ARE HOT, AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET THERE ALBUM. PEACE OUT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruff Ryders made there new album RR vol.2 Like there first album it's very good album. There acting Meth, Redman, DMX, THE LOX, Snoop dog, Scarface... Jada iz very perspective new rapper then I'm talking about his solo carier. Too much attention iz 2 Yung Wun. It's not worth like DMX, JADA or other members of Ruff Ryders. True black stars of hiphop are making this album special.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new Ruff ryders is the hottest CD out right now so i am advising that everybody and they MoMs go and cop the hot album bigUps to the RuffRyders, Jada we looking for Your solo album like Kennedy Jr., hurry up and put that out so I can go and Cop that. 1 love baby. ps. EVE will u marry me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this last cut.i think the lox is truly the double R.they are so great.but i would like to hear more of my man dmx and eve.i was still satisfied,the joints are tight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a tight cd!