New York’s Ruff Ryders have solidified their legacy in Hip Hop history so it was only right to celebrate their founder Joaquin Dean’s birthday this past Sunday. The Ruff Ryders record label, founded by Joaquin “Waah” Dean, Darin “Dee” Dean and Chivon Dean– who are relatives of the legendary Swizz Beatz was established in 1988. The label is one of the biggest and powerful labels of its time and representing renown artists such as the L.O.X, DMX, Eve and Cassidy.
On the very night of this celebration the world received some heartbreaking news of Nipsey Hussle’s death. This news hit home for Waah who knew of Nipsey for various reasons but mostly because he could relate to struggles of the streets. Coming from the streets there are many losses from either death or jail. To make it out of this environment is a major accomplishment and birthdays are a big deal to be able to celebrate another year of life. Once the news hit the room the Ruff Ryders crowd honored Nipsey and his efforts to enrich the urban communities with a moment of silence.
Ruff Ryder’s movement was created with the intent to uplift neighborhoods and build community. This was accomplished by not only creating the record label, but by also forming their non-profit organization Ruff Ryder 2 the Rescue. This community based organization provides experiences for the youth, giving back to the community and mentorship to children organizations such as the “Boys and Girls Club” across the USA.
Joaquin’s birthday was celebration to say the least, surrounded by family, close friends and Ruff Ryders members. YV Mag had the pleasure of interviewing Ruff Ryder’s upcoming artist the son of Waah Dean, Lil Waah who proclaimed he would continue the legacy of Ruff Ryders. Lil Waah gave us a sneak peak of what's to come by performing some of his unreleased music. We are excited to see what more Ruff Ryders has in store for their fans and community and we wish the honorable O.G. Waah Dean a very big Happy Birthday!
Written by CinJay @cinjay_
Special thanks to Hadiza Abba @abbabrand