A Gangster and a Gentleman

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A Gangster and a Gentleman
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Studio album by Styles
Released July 9, 2002
Recorded 2001-2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 75:40
Label Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Producer Dee and Waah Dean (exec.), Jay "Teepick" Jackson (co-exec.), Uncle Ralph (co-exec.), Swizz Beatz, Alchemist, Rockwilder, Ayatollah, DJ Clue
Styles chronology
A Gangster and a Gentleman
Time Is Money
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[2]
RapReviews.com (6/10)[3]
Stylus Magazine (B)[4]

A Gangster and a Gentleman is the first studio album by American rapper Styles. The album was released on July 9, 2002, through Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records. Styles was the second member of The LOX to record a solo album, after Kiss Tha Game Goodbye by Jadakiss was released in 2001.

The album contains production by New York hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, who Styles had worked with previously on various Ruff Ryders recordings including the sophomore album We Are the Streets by The LOX. Californian hip-hop producer Alchemist contributes two tracks. Guest performers include members of the Ruff Ryders collective Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, J-Hood and Eve, as well as Angie Stone, Lil' Mo, M.O.P. and Pharoahe Monch.

The album was certified Gold by RIAA on October 11, 2002.


The lead single "Good Times" peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and received massive nationwide airplay in 2002.[5][6] The Ayatollah-produced bonus track "The Life" featuring Pharoahe Monch was also released as a single in 2002 through Rawkus Records.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   D. Styles Styles 0:33
2. "Good Times"   D. Styles, K. Dean, M. McCleod, P. Sawyer, R. Hankerson Saint Denson, Swizz Beatz 3:31
3. "Y'all Know We In Here" (featuring P. Killer Trackz & Swizz Beatz) D. Styles, A. Fields P. Killer Trackz 3:48
4. "A Gangster and a Gentleman"   D. Styles, A. Maman Alchemist 4:32
5. "Black Magic" (featuring Angie Stone) D. Styles, A. Smith Alchemist 4:28
6. "Daddy Get That Cash" (featuring Lil' Mo) D. Styles, D. Stinson, R. Grant, J. Johnson, D. McNeil Rockwilder, DJ Twinz 3:40
7. "Lick Shots" (performed by The LOX) D. Styles, S. Jacobs, J. Phillips, J. Hood, K. Dean Swizz Beatz 4:24
8. "And I Came To..." (featuring Eve, Sheek Louch & Swizz Beatz) D. Styles, Jacobs, E. Jeffers, Dean Swizz Beatz 4;43
9. "Get Paid" (featuring The Brodhead Kids) D. Styles, L. Lunnon Mr. Devine 3:43
10. "Ass Bag" (skit)     2:00
11. "I'm a Ruff Ryder" (featuring Jadakiss) D. Styles, Fields P. Killer Trackz 3:45
12. "Soul Clap"   D. Styles, M. Gomez, R. Mickens, C. Smith, D. Thomas, R. Westfield, R. Bell, G. Brown DJ Shok 3:18
13. "We Thugs (My Niggas)" (performed by The LOX) D. Styles, E. Shaw, K. Ifill, R. Kimball, S. Lukather DJ Clue, DURO 4:04
14. "Styles" (featuring Jadakiss) D. Styles; Fields P. Killer Trackz 3:54
15. "Barbershop" (skit)     3:42
16. "Listen"   D. Styles, D. Thornton, M. Hodges, A. Green Tank 2:58
17. "Niggas Flippin'" (skit)     1:12
18. "Y'all Don't Wanna Fuck" (featuring M.O.P) D. Styles, J. Grinnage, E. Murray, F. Crum Tuneheadz 4:34
19. "Shit Done Changed" (skit) (featuring Carf)     2:07
20. "Nobody Believes Me" (performed by The LOX featuring Cross) D. Styles, Gomez DJ Shok 3:49
21. "Dedication" (skit)     0:42
22. "My Brother"   D. Styles, L. Lunnon, D. Grusin Mr. Devine 4:34
23. "Outro"   D. Styles Styles, Jay "Icepick" Jackson 2:33
24. "The Life" (featuring Pharoahe Monch) D. Styles, T. Jamerson Ayatollah 3:09
Sample credits
  • "Good Times" contains samples from "I Get High (On Your Memory)" by Freda Payne.
  • "A Gangster and a Gentleman" contains samples from "Legend & Light" by Bo Hansson.
  • "Black Magic" contains samples from "Maybe It's Love This Time" by The Stylistics.
  • "Daddy Get That Cash" contains samples from "Spend It On Love" by Side Effect.
  • "Soul Clap" contains samples from "Soul Vibrations" by Kool & the Gang and "New Jack Swing" by Wreckx-N-Effect.
  • "We Thugs (My Niggas)" contains samples from "Good for You" by Toto.
  • "Listen" contains samples from "Love & Happiness" by Al Green.
  • "My Brother" contains samples from "St. Elsewhere Main Title" by Dave Grusin.
  • "The Life" contains samples from "The Long and Winding Road" by Aretha Franklin.


Chart (2002) Peak
US Billboard 200[7] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 2


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