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Album Review

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.

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The Gunnaz

With exposure off State Property, and the success of "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", the bring their debut, Tough Luv. Future Of The Roc: Starts it off with some energy and it's a welcoming start. 3/5 Roc U: State Prop. leader Beanie Sigel appears on this banger with claps as they spit wit some fire. 3/5 No Better Love: Chick track with Rell, smooth, perfect for Young Chris. 3.5/5 Friday Night: Just Blaze's production gives a nice old school feel and the Gunnaz did it justice with high energy good fun feel. 4/5 $$$ Girlz: Hall & Oates sampling, it's a nice collab with Juelz. 3.5/5 Never Take Me Alive: Average track with Jay-Z. 3/5 Tough Luv: Real talk on this Just Blaze production and Gunna track. 4/5 Grown Man: Average. 3/5 North Of Death: Young Chris really makes a great track filled with pain and emotion. 4.5/5 Look In Your Eyes: A little annoying, Cam appears. Average. 3/5 Take It How U Want It: Filthy beat, average track. 3/5 That's Right: Meaningful track about struggle. 3/5 Parade: Average with Freeway. 3/5 Time: Soulful production, nicely done. 3.5/5 Life We Chose: Uplifting feel, nice. 3.5/5 Problemz: Skip. 2/5 Can't Stop, Won't Stop Remix: Too bad original isn't on here, Chingy does okay. 4.5/5 Solid debut, they are the future for the Roc, lookin forward to upcoming albums. Album kinda lagged towards the end. Rating 7 out of 10

rocca fella

i bought this cd and liked it

future of the roc

once these guys release their third cd, they'll take off alright. let's just say it's that good. it's got everything. like all styles of hip-hop.


Formed: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Young Gunz began as just two of the numerous rappers in Roc-a-Fella's State Property collective, yet all it took was one runaway hit, "Can't Stop, Won't Stop," to distance them from the pack and elevate them into the spotlight. The Philadelphia duo -- Young Chris (born Chris Ries) and Neef (born Hanif Muhammad) -- debuted with brief appearances on the first State Property album (2001) and, more importantly, got a high-profile shoutout in Jay-Z's "Takeover" earlier that year. However, it was their...
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