Tough Luv

Tough Luv

by Young Gunz


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Roc-a-Fella had high hopes for Young Gunz. They gave the Philadelphia duo top billing on the second State Property compilation, and that move paid off: "Can't Stop Won't Stop" hit the Top Ten of the rap track chart, and the accompanying video was in constant rotation on M2 and BET for at least two months. The Roc rolled the success of that track right into the first proper single from Tough Luv, "No Better Luv." Smoother in tone but no less lyrically challenged ("Give me the sex then I'm tired of y'all/So find the next to provide for y'all"), it was a bid to build the duo's female fan base. It worked, too. MCs Young Chris and Neef claim to be the future of their label in the wake of Jay-Z's supposed retirement, but they'll have to take their spot in line behind several others -- despite a small clutch of high-performing single material (all of which owe much to the production work), the two are, at best, third- or fourth-stringers. Though they strive for something deeper, the album isn't much beyond a decent party record, and a good percentage of the lyrics leave a lot to be desired. They're caught up, too willing to rely on their associations. However, forget not that Young Gunz's low stature within Roc-a-Fella says more about the depth of the label's roster than anything else.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0602498616635
catalogNumber: 000193702
Rank: 246150

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Young Gunz   Primary Artist
Larry Gold   Cello,Conductor
Jay-Z   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Rell   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Beanie Sigel   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Juelz Santana   Vocals,Guest Appearance
J.I.   Vocals
Chingy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bass   Guitar,Keyboards
Neef   Vocals,Group Member
Cosmic Kev   scratching
Matt McCarrin   Keyboards
Steve Tirpak   Trumpet
Gloria Justen   Violin

Technical Credits

Luther Vandross   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
T.D. Bell   Composer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Marlon Williams   Composer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Ez Elpee   Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Spunk Bigga   Producer
A.J. Lewis   Composer
Carlisle Young   Engineer
R. Harrell   Composer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
Darrell Branch   Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Bink   Producer
C. James   Composer
Dawud West   Art Direction
Shane "Bermy" Woodley   Engineer
L.J. Porter   Composer
Nate Adderly   Composer
RuggedNess   Producer
Shane Boog   Producer
Boola   Producer
Cameron Giles   Composer
Chad Hamilton   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Huggins   Administration
Ryan Press   Producer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Thorobreds   Producer
LaRon James   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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Tough Luv 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Young Gunz is the best group the ROC has right now. The CD is so official that you can listen to the entire CD without skipping tracks. I will be looking for them to receive many awards this season!!! If you don't have this one.. your missing out. This CD will make history!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is one of the best CDs out now, if you don't have it you need to get it ASAP...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Young Gunz are one of the top hip hop groups out rite now....their voices kinda clash cuz theyre nuttin alike but still the styles are the same...theres a couple mainstream for the ladie tracks but still a great record, better than I had expected I must say so cop it if possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP had to grow on me but once NO BETTER LOVE came out, I was sold on Young Gunz! I like their style of delivery. Even though they're young they have that sound that says they'll be around for a while.