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The Greatest Record Labels Of All Time: Ruffhouse Records

As part of DX’s series on Hip Hop’s greatest labels, we take a look inside of Ruffhouse Records, the breeding ground for The Fugees, Nas, Cypress Hill, and many others.

It was the house that Chris Schwartz and Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo built. Ruffhouse Records, known for catapulting the careers of some of Hip Hop’s finest in the ‘90s, was a breeding ground for talent that still echoes today. The decade-long reign of Ruffhouse included moving units (in the hundred millions) for acts like The Fugees, Nas, Cypress Hill, Kris Kross, and many others. Ruffhouse was also responsible for the release of Lauryn Hill’s epochal The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in 1998. The label dissolved a year later, with the two masterminds moving on to other ventures. However, the contributions of Ruffhouse Records to Hip Hop and beyond, remains a mainstay in music history to date. Take a tour through the doors of Ruffhouse Records, as we recall some of the label’s greatest moments, as seen through the eyes of their artists.

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BACK IN THE DAY |7/20/93| Cypress Hill releases their second album, Black Sunday, on Ruffhouse Records.

BACK IN THE DAY |7/20/93| Cypress Hill releases their second album, Black Sunday, on Ruffhouse Records.

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BACK IN THE DAY |8/13/91| Cypress Hill releases their debut album, Cypress Hill, on Ruffhouse/Columbia/SME Records.

BACK IN THE DAY |8/13/91| Cypress Hill releases their debut album, Cypress Hill, on Ruffhouse/Columbia/SME Records.

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BACK IN THE DAY |9/20/94| The Goats released their second and final album, No Goats, No Glory, on Ruffhouse Records.

BACK IN THE DAY |9/20/94| The Goats released their second and final album, No Goats, No Glory, on Ruffhouse Records.

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BACK IN THE DAY |10/6/98| Cypress Hill released their fourth album, Cypress Hill IV, on Ruffhouse/Columbia Records.

BACK IN THE DAY |10/6/98| Cypress Hill released their fourth album, Cypress Hill IV, on Ruffhouse/Columbia Records.

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20 YEARS AGO TODAY |11/3/92| The Goats released their debut album, Tricks of The Shade, on Ruffhouse Records.

20 YEARS AGO TODAY |11/3/92| The Goats released their debut album, Tricks of The Shade, on Ruffhouse Records.

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BACK IN THE DAY |11/12/91| Tim Dog released his debut album, Penicillin On Wax, on Ruffhouse Records.

BACK IN THE DAY |11/12/91| Tim Dog released his debut album, Penicillin On Wax, on Ruffhouse Records.

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BACK IN THE DAY |2/1/94| The Fugees released their debut album, Blunted on Reality, on Ruffhouse Records.

BACK IN THE DAY |2/1/94| The Fugees released their debut album, Blunted on Reality, on Ruffhouse Records.

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20 YEARS AGO TODAY |7/20/93| Cypress Hill releases their second album, Black Sunday, on Ruffhouse Records.

20 YEARS AGO TODAY |7/20/93| Cypress Hill releases their second album, Black Sunday, on Ruffhouse Records.

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15 YEARS AGO TODAY |10/6/98| Cypress Hill released their fourth album, IV, on Ruffhouse Records.

15 YEARS AGO TODAY |10/6/98| Cypress Hill released their fourth album, IV, on Ruffhouse Records.