Strength & Loyalty

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Strength & Loyalty
Studio album by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Released May 8, 2007 (US)
Recorded 2006-07
Genre Midwest Hip Hop, gangsta rap
Length 47:21
Label Full Surface/Interscope
Producer Swizz Beatz (exec.), Akon, DJ Toomp, Jermaine Dupri, Mally Mall, Neo Da Matrix, Pretty Boy & Bradd Young, Street Radio, The Individuals, Ty Fyffe, will.i.am
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony chronology
Thug Stories
(2006)
Strength & Loyalty
(2007)
T.H.U.G.S.
(2007)
Singles from Strength & Loyalty
  1. "I Tried"
    Released: February 16, 2007
  2. "Lil Love"
    Released: July 1, 2007

Strength & Loyalty, originally titled The Bone Thugs Story, is the seventh studio album by Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, released on May 8, 2007.

Overview[edit]

Strength & Loyalty was Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's first major album after an absence of nearly five years. The album contains guest appearances by Akon, Autumn Rowe, Bow Wow, Felecia, Fleetwood Mac (sampled), Mariah Carey, Swizz Beatz, The Game, Twista(Twista's appearance was notable because he had feuded with the group in the past), will.i.am, and Yolanda Adams. Producers include Akon, DJ Toomp, Jermaine Dupri, Mally Mall, Neo Da Matrix, Pretty Boy & Bradd Young, Street Radio, Swizz Beatz, The Individuals, Ty Fyffe, and will.i.am. The executive producer of the album was Swizz Beatz. Then imprisoned member Flesh-n-Bone was featured on a track entitled "Into The Future" but did not make the album.

The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, with 119,000 copies sold.[1] It has since gone on to be certified gold by the RIAA, having sold over 500,000 copies within the US to date.[2][3]

The first single was "I Tried", which features Akon, and was also produced by him. The single was released on February 16, 2007. On March 7, the video officially debuted on Yahoo! Music, and on March 17, it debuted on BET's 106 & Park. The second single was "Lil Love", which features Bow Wow and Mariah Carey, and was produced by Jermaine Dupri. The single was released in June 2007, while its video was premiered on July 5, on 106 & Park.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (74/100) link
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
AllHipHop 3/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived May 12, 2007)
DJBooth 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B+) link
HHNLive 3/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived May 15, 2007)
HipHopDX 3/5 stars link
RapReviews 8.5/10 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived July 15, 2007)
The Source 4/5 stars
XXL (L) link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Flowmotion"   Swizz Beatz, The Individualz 3:09
2. "Bump in the Trunk" (Feat. Swizz Beatz) Swizz Beatz, The Individualz 4:25
3. "Wind Blow" (Feat. Fleetwood Mac) Pretty Boy, Bradd Young 4:18
4. "I Tried" (Feat. Akon) Akon 4:47
5. "Lil' Love" (Feat. Mariah Carey & Bow Wow) Jermaine Dupri, LRoc 3:52
6. "C-Town" (Feat. Twista) Neo da Matrix 5:05
7. "Order My Steps (Dear Lord)" (Feat. Yolanda Adams) Pretty Boy, Bradd Young 3:57
8. "Streets" (Feat. Game & will.i.am) will.i.am 4:21
9. "9mm"   Street Radio, DJ Scratch 4:43
10. "Gun Blast"   Ty Fyffe 3:37
11. "Candy Paint" (Feat. Swizz Beatz & Autumn Rowe) Swizz Beatz 3:45
12. "So Good So Right" (Feat. Felecia) Mally Mall 3:35
13. "Sounds the Same"   DJ Toomp 4:25
14. "Never Forget Me" (Feat. Akon) Akon 4:46

Samples[edit]

# Title Samples
1. "Flowmotion" "Sky High" by Jigsaw
3. "Wind Blow" "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac
6. "C-Town" "Trust in Me" by Lenny Williams
8. "Streets" "Across 110th Street" by Bobby Womack
10. "Gun Blast" "Living a Lie" by Cam'ron
12. "So Good So Right" "So Good So Right" by Brenda Russell
15. "Just Vibe" (Best Buy Bonus track) "Blaze It" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Unreleased songs[edit]

  • "Assurance" (produced by Polow da Don)
  • "Bone Thugs Boys" (produced by Danja) (co-produced by Timbaland)
  • "Certified Thugs" (featuring Jazze Pha) (produced by Jazze Pha)
  • "Come with Me" (produced by Swizz Beatz)
  • "For the OG's" (featuring Chamillionaire) (produced by Play-N-Skillz)
  • "Got My Back" (featuring Jodeci) (produced by Play-N-Skillz)
  • "I Ain't Satisfied" (produced by Kanye West)
  • "Into The Future" (featuring Flesh-n-Bone) (produced by The Platinum Brothers)
  • "Never Been Industry"
  • "Not Familiar"
  • "One Day at the Time"
  • "Real Niggaz" (produced by Swizz Beatz)
  • "Shotgun"
  • "So Crazy" (featuring Kelly Rowland) (produced by Play-N-Skillz)
  • "Struggles" (featuring Petey Pablo) (produced by DJ U-Neek)
  • "Toast 2 That" (featuring Swizz Beatz) (produced by Swizz Beatz)
  • "We Workin" (produced by DJ Paul & Juicy J)
  • "What's Up" (featuring Swizz Beatz) (produced by Swizz Beatz)
  • "When the Thugs Come Out" (produced by Swizz Beatz)
  • "You & Me" (featuring Gwen Stefani)

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