Mel Smalls,[1] known professionally as Drag-On, is a hip hop recording artist and actor. He is 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.

Also known asMel Smalls[1]
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, actor
Years active1997–present
LabelsHood Environment (current) Full Surface, Virgin Records, Ruff Ryders, Interscope (former)
Associated acts

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.


Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Opposite of H2O 5 2
Hell and Back
  • Released: February 10, 2004
  • Label: Virgin
  • Format: CD, digital download
47 5
Hood Environment
  • Released: September 4, 2007
  • Label: Hood Environment Records
  • Format: Digital downloads


As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Down Bottom"
(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"
"Stand Up (The Sean Bell Tribute Song)"[3]
(with Swizz Beatz, Maino, Cassidy, Styles P and Talib Kweli)
2008 non-album single

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album
"We Got That" 1999 Warren G, Eve & Shadow I Want It All
"It Was Written" 2001 Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Capleton Halfway Tree
"D.Rose" 2019 Dirti Diana N/A
"MMM (Remix)"[4] 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


  1. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/artist/drag-on-mn0000170797/biography
  2. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Drag-On". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Stand Up (The Sean Bell Tribute Song) – Single by Swizz Beatz, Cassidy, Maino, Styles P, Talib Kweli & Drag-On". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "New Music: Cassidy Ft. Fred Money, Vado, JR Writer, Red Cafe, Papoose, Maino, Uncle Murda, Fat Trel, Fred The Godson, Chubby Jag, Drag-On, Dave East & Compton Menace "MMM (Remix)"". Rapradar.com. Retrieved March 12, 2020.

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