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Tough Luv [PA]


  • 1. Future of the Roc
    2. Roc U - (featuring Beanie Sigel)
    3. No Better Love - (featuring Rell)
    4. Friday Night
    5. $$$ Girlz - (featuring Juelz Santana)
    6. Never Take Me Alive - (featuring Jay-Z)
    7. Tough Luv - (featuring Denim)
    8. Grown Man
    9. North of Death
    10. Look in Your Eyes - (featuring Cam'ron)
    11. Take It How U Want It
    12. That's Right
    13. Parade - (featuring Freeway)
    14. Time
    15. Life We Chose - (featuring Denim)
    16. Problemz
    17. Can't Stop Won't Stop - (remix, featuring Chingy)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0001937

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Young Gunz: Young Chris, Neef (rap vocals).
    Additional personnel includes: Jay Z, Cam'Ron, Chingy, Beanie Sigel, Denim, Juelz Santana, Sparks, Freeway.
    Producers include: Bink, Chad Hamilton, Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Ruggedness.
    Young Gunz: Young Chris, Neef (rap vocals).
    Additional personnel includes: Jay Z, Cam'Ron, Chingy, Beanie Sigel, Denim, Juelz Santana, Sparks, Freeway.
    Producers include: Bink, Spunk Digga, Chad Hamilton, Ryan Press, Just Blaze.
    Recorded at Sony, Baseline, Quad, New York, New York; Homebase, The Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    Young Chris and Neef, the Philadelphia duo who make up Young Gunz, are just emerging from their teens, yet the pair betray hip-hop wisdom far beyond their years on their highly anticipated debut, TOUGH LUV. The two were showcased as part of Beanie Sigel's State Property crew, and managed to stand out in a talented crowd, scoring a most-deserved hit from the excellent STATE PROPERTY VOL. 2 with the playful "Can't Stop, Won't Stop." TOUGH LUV contains a fun, funky remix of that song (featuring Chingy), along with 16 other lyrically skilled tracks of varying styles and shades.
    The tag Young Gunz, while seemingly reflecting the violent world in which the duo grew up, is actually a reference to basketball, a fact revealed in both their lyrics and rhyming style. While the words are aggressive in a fun-loving, freewheeling manner, their rhymes are passed off from one to another in easy and inviting flows. After opening with a few modern R&B-infused anthems, Young Gunz kick back into a pitch-perfect old-school throwback on the beat-box propelled "Friday Night," before flawlessly sampling fellow Philly natives Hall & Oates on "$$$ Girlz." When label icon Jay-Z drops by on the commanding "Never Take Me Alive," the die is cast, and Young Gunz have scored an impressive debut.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (3/18/04, p.73) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[G]rim street tales leavened by vibrant production [and] up-tempo tracks tempered with a dash of naive street-corner bravado..."
    Spin (4/04, p.93) - "The title track is an oddly moving account of Neef's struggle to extricate himself from a life of crime....Chris can be charming, funny, and menacing all in one verse." - Grade: B-
    Spin (4/04, p.93) - "The title track is an oddly moving account of Neef's struggle to extricate himself from a life of crime....Chris can be charming, funny, and menacing all in one verse." - Grade: B-g
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