Mel Jason Smalls (born January 4, 1980), better known by his stage name Drag-On, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from the Bronx borough of New York City. Drag-On is perhaps best known as an original member of the Ruff Ryders Entertainment imprint, where he released his debut album, Opposite of H2O (2000). The album was successful, debuting at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart and eventually sold over 500,000 copies and earning a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After leaving Interscope Records, which issued his debut alongside Ruff Ryders, Drag-On joined Virgin Records and released his second album Hell and Back, in 2004. Hell and Back did not sell like Opposite of H2O. However, it did very well for an album that did not receive any promotions, radio spins, or advertising.
|Birth name||Mel Jason Smalls|
January 4, 1980|
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
|Labels||Hood Environment (current) Full Surface, Virgin Records, Ruff Ryders, Interscope (former)|
|Associated acts||DMX, Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox|
Drag-On began his own record label Hood Environment in 2014. Drag-On launched his website Hood Environment.Com with a series of freestyles and mixtapes. Drag-On has appeared in the 2001 film Exit Wounds and the 2003 Cradle 2 the Grave, both of which stars his then-Ruff Ryders label-mate DMX.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Opposite of H2O||5||2|
|Hell and Back||
As lead artistEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US R&B||US Rap|
(with Swizz Beatz and Juvenile)
|1999||43||5||Ryde or Die|
|"Spit These Bars"
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
|80||–||Opposite of H2O|
|"Bang Bang Boom"
(featuring Swizz Beatz)
|2003||94||–||Hell and Back|
|"Put Your Drinks Down"
(featuring DMX, Eve, Jadakiss, Birdman and TQ)
|"Stand Up (The Sean Bell Tribute Song)"
(with Swizz Beatz, Maino, Cassidy, Styles P and Talib Kweli)
|"MMM (Remix)"||2015||Cassidy, Fred Money, Vado, Red Café, Papoose, Maino, Uncle Murda, Fat Trel, Fred the Godson, Chubby Jag, J.R. Writer, Dave East, Compton Menace||N/A|
- "RIAA – Searchable Database: Drag-On". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- "Stand Up (The Sean Bell Tribute Song) – Single by Swizz Beatz, Cassidy, Maino, Styles P, Talib Kweli & Drag-On". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 20, 2013.