David Ruffin Jr. (D-Ruff), son of the legendary lead singer of the Temptations David Ruffin, has been in and out of the underground scene since his Father passed away. Although D-Ruff has his father’s gift of singing he was particularly interested, talented and focused in hip hop as a rapper. David Jr. was also an excellent athlete who was continuously reminded by coaches across the board (from Track & Field at Redford high to Football at Henry Ford and Boston College) that with his unique talents on the football field and with constant training and determination there was always a strong possibility to make it to the National Football League. After a severe knee injury clouded those dreams David Jr. went to his father for support with his love for hip-hop and the rap game. However, his Father was not supportive of this approach into music and clearly stated to him “Well I aint backing you up on a fad. Let me know when you’re ready to sing!”
Although David Jr. felt it was a slap in the face at the time, within the year decided (with a little help from his friends) that although his Fathers opinion about the rap game may not be exact, that he would take his Fathers advice and switch genres …. Sadly, the conversation between David and his father regarding his understanding of dads views on the industry, and where his true talents could be utilized, took place two weeks before his father’s death...
Three months after his father died David was recording songs at Detroit’s own "Sound Suite Studios" and rehearsing to open for the "Dramatics" on a tour, which was a tribute to his dad. While on tour D-Ruff met with and made very strong network connections in the L.A. district of the music industry. After the tour ended he reached out to his connections including Dr. Dre, which invited him to live in his home in order for him to move out to L.A., and started working with many artists including DOC, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Chris Taylor. In no time David Jr. was moved out to L.A. and working with Deathrow & Aftermath creating hits including "Gin and Juice" written and recorded by Snoop Dogg and David Ruffin Jr. He as landed many songs on soundtracks including Poetic Justice and collaborations with other artists including Made Men, Capone as well as local Detroit talent such as Dave Mays, Amir, Young Ruff, The Boss and Diamond.
David Jr. cites his father, along with 80’s crooner Alexander O’Neal, and the great Marvin Gaye as the major influences on his style of singing. His music is described as R&B with a rough (Ruff) edge on the rocks w/a twist. He knows as the son of the late singer David Ruffin of the Temptations there will always be comparisons to his father’s great vocal legacy. While living up to such expectations would be a difficult task for some to handle, David does it with poise and professionalism while staying focused and striving for improvement. Blessed with a tremendous and powerful first and second tenor and an equally impressive Alto and Falsetto, David Jr. is an unsurprisingly talented stage performer as well. He has appeared and sang in national hit stage plays such as “All Men Can’t Be Dogs” and “P.M.S. - Power, Money and Sex”. David Jr., his fellow actors, and the entire production received raved reviews for their collective work in the play. He continued to stay focused while working during the summer of 2004 playing the lead in three dramatizations for a Showtime “Red Shoe Diary” type special, produced by Frozen Television. In the summer of 2008 he did commentary on MTV and MTV2 for newly released videos in the TRL slot. Along with acting, singing and song writing D-Ruff is also mulling over several other reality television and stage projects in hopes of broadening the scope of success and knowledge in and of the arts collectively. A solo CD project is most important to David. He has released a EP and a more recent release of “MUTHAPHUCKAWERK/RuffinItMusic and an equally explosive single, in which he is featured on with Rap icon Mista Perkins, titled “PATRON”/wwg. DRJ is also piecing a new LP: “BLOODLINE”. With his own “Band" backing him locally, nationally, and potentially internationally, David is well prepared to further elevate the Ruffin name in the entertainment world. When asked of the Trials and Tribulations of the music industry he simply states "I'm a focused and determined artist. God has blessed me with the gift of song and no matter how frustrating the business of music is, was, and will be, I'm a singer. I'm gonna sing and God willing people will continue to listen”. It's in his blood.