The Hard Way (213 album)

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The Hard Way
Studio album by 213
Released August 17, 2004 (2004-08-17)
Recorded 1994-2004
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk
Length 71:59
Label TVT
Producer Fredwreck, Hi-Tek, Quaze, B Sharp, Battlecat, Tha Chill, Kanye West, DJ Pooh, Nottz, Josef, Lil' Half Dead, Niggaracci, Terrace Martin, Marlon Williams, Michael Angelo, J-Hen, Missy Elliott, Jelly Roll
Singles from The Hard Way
  1. "So Fly"
    Released: July 6, 2004
  2. "Groupie Luv"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars 2004
Artist Direct 4/5 stars 2004
Entertainment Weekly (C+) 2004 3.5/5 stars 2004 (5.5/10) 2004
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars 2004
Stylus (C) 2004
USA Today 3/4 stars 2004
Vibe 2.5/5 stars 2004

The Hard Way is the 2004 album by hip hop group, 213 which consisted of Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg. It has sold 500,000 copies according to TVT Records by December 16, 2004. The reunion of the group first appeared as 213 in Warren G's The Return of the Regulator in the track "Yo' Sassy Ways". In 2003 Snoop Dogg, released his series of mixtapes, from which the second compilation Welcome to tha chuuch, Vol. 2 included the first version of "So Fly", which is a parody of the then chart-running hit single by Monica, So Gone. Missy Elliott, a co-producer of the song (with Spike & Jamahl), got to hear the tape and was very impressed by it. She agreed with Snoop to cede the right of the sample for the upcoming 213 project in exchange for their rapping on Tamia's "Can't Go for That" remix. In the end it came out to be the first unofficial radio single of The Hard Way and was performed live at BET's 106 & Park. The album version differs from the mixtape version in a way that it is five seconds shorter and misses Snoop's intro where he gives the shootouts "Welcome to tha chuuch Vol. 2...exclusive 213". The official debut retail single was "Groupie Luv", which was also accompanied by a promo video. It was directed by Chris Robinson and was filmed in Snoop Dogg's own house (see also Still a G Thang). It is also the video debut for dancer Criscilla Crossland

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Producer Writer Samples Additional Time
1 Intro Fredwreck Frederick Nassar 1:49
2 Twist Yo Body Hi-Tek Additional vocals by Dion for Hi Tek Productions 3:28
3 Absolutely Quazedelic Contains a sample of "Kumakudo" composed by Zimbabwean mbira musician Simon Mashoko 4:00
4 Keep It Gangsta B Sharp Contains an interpolation of "Black Cow" written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen 4:36
5 Run On Up Tha Chill 3:33
6 Groupie Luv DJ Pooh Contains an interpolation of "Chameleon" written by Herbie Hancock, Paul Jackson, Harvey William Mason Jr, and Bennie Maupin 3:52
7 Lonely Girl Nottz Contains a sample of "It's Time For Peace" performed by Hamilton Bohannon Additional strings performed by Soopafly 4:04
8 Another Summer Kanye West Contains excerpts of "Intimate Friends" performed by Eddie Kendricks 4:12
9 213 Tha Gangsta Clicc Josef Laimberg 3:52
10 Gotta Find a Way Lil' Half Dead & Niggaracci Contains excerpts of "Rejoice" performed by The Emotions 3:25
11 Ups & Downs B Sharp and Tha Chill 3:53
12 Joysticc Terrace Martin & Marlon Williams Contains an interpolation of "Juicy Fruit" written by James Mtume 4:48
13 Rick James interlude (Performed by Dave Chappelle) Fredwreck Frederick Nassar 0:36
14 Mary Jane Quazedelic Contains excerpts of "It's Time" performed by the Jungle Brothers

Contains an interpolation of "Mary Jane" written by Rick James Contains an interpolation of "Spoonie Rap" written by Gabriel Jackson

15 MLK B Sharp Contains an interpolation of "Ridin High" written by Ralph Aikens, Tyrone Crum, Kieth Harrison, Robert Neal, Roger Parker and Clarence Satchell 3:44
16 Lil Girl Michael Angelo 3:19
17 My Dirty Ho J-Hen Contains an interpolation of "The Rain" written by Vincent Bell. Contains sample of Lacrimosa, part of the Dies Irae sequence in Mozart's Requiem Mass. 4:12
18 Appreciation J-Hen 4:06
19 So Fly Spike & Jamahl, Missy Elliott Contains excerpts of the recording "So Gone" performed by Monica

Contains excerpts of "You are Number 1" performed by The Whispers

20 Whistle While You Hustle (European Bonus ) (featuring Daz and Soopafly) Jelly Roll 2:35

Chart positions[edit]


Year Title Peak chart positions
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap NZ AUS
2004 "So Fly" 27
"Groupie Love" 48 24 23 16 39

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