Cory Gunz

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Cory Gunz
Birth namePeter Cory Pankey, Jr.
Also known asCorey Gunz
Born (1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 35)
The Bronx, New York City, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2003–present

Peter Cory Pankey, Jr. (born June 22, 1987), better known by his stage name Cory Gunz, is an American rapper from The Bronx, New York City.[1] Gunz is currently signed to After Platinum Records, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Republic Records.[2]


At age 14, Gunz was first signed by Tommy Mottola to Casablanca Records and Def Jam Recordings.[1][3] Jay-Z shepherded him into a joint venture through The Island Def Jam Music Group. He was featured on a remix of Rihanna's single "If It's Lovin' That You Want".[4] Gunz mixtape The Apprentice 3 – Season Finale has amassed over 85,000 listens on the mixtape website DatPiff.[5] He also contributed a verse to the original version of Lil Wayne's "A Milli" before it was replaced with new verses by Wayne for the album version.[6]

In 2009, Gunz signed a contract with After Platinum Records. In early 2010, Gunz signed with Young Money Entertainment and Universal Motown. Gunz has worked with actor and musician Nick Cannon.[2] In 2011, he was featured on Lil Wayne's single "6 Foot 7 Foot" from Tha Carter IV. Also in 2011, Gunz starred on MTV's "Son of A Gun" a reality show that follows Gunz after and before he got signed by Young Money. The show features appearances from close friend Nick Cannon.[7] It was announced that Universal Republic Records was going defunct, all of the artists on the roster moved from the label including (Cory Gunz) was being moved to Republic Records making the label itself revived.[8] Gunz was a featured artist on Dirti Diana's 2013 mixtape R.I.P. To The Competition.[9] On July 16, 2013, he released his first mixtape in two years with Datz WTF I'm Talkin Bout, it featured guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, Charlie Rock, Mack Maine, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J among others.[10] In March 2014, Gunz revealed he was working on an EP titled Kriminal Mind and following its release he would release his debut studio album.[11]


Legal issues[edit]

On January 28, 2012, Gunz was arrested for possession of a gun and faced three and a half years in prison, which was lowered to a 2+12-year sentence.[12] Cory Gunz' father, Peter Gunz admitted that he had encouraged his son to keep a low profile and stop releasing music for a while in the aftermath of his arrest. In an interview from December 17, 2013, Peter Gunz stated that Cory Gunz was trying to work on new records in Miami while on probation.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Pankey is the father of two twin daughters.[14]


Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Collaborator Album details Peak chart positions
US Rap
Rich Gang
(with YMCMB)
  • Released: July 23, 2013
  • Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
  • Format: CD, digital download
9 2 2
Young Money: Rise of an Empire
(with Young Money)
  • Released: March 11, 2014
  • Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
  • Format: CD, digital download
7 4 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.


Cory Gunz mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
The Apprentice Mixtape Vol. 1
  • Released: December 17, 2005
  • Label: Self-released
The Apprentice Mixtape Vol. 2
  • Released: December 23, 2005
  • Label: Self-released
The Apprentice 3 – Season Finale
  • Released: January 30, 2006
  • Label: Self-released
The Militia: The Call of Duty
  • Released: August 18, 2006
  • Label: Self-released
The Best Kept Secret
  • Released: September 21, 2008
  • Label: Militia Music, 420recordings
Heir to the Throne
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Hosted by DJ Drama and Head Debiase
  • Label: Gangsta Grillz, After Platinum Records, Intent To Deliver
Youngest In Charge
(with Square Off)
  • Released: March 6, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
Son of a Gun
  • Released: July 6, 2011
  • Hosted by DJ Ill Will and DJ Rockstar
  • Label: Militia Music, Young Money
Datz WTF I'm Talkin' Bout
  • Released: July 16, 2013
  • Label: After Platinum, YMCMB


As a featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Hip Hop


"Dirty Girl"
(Aaron Fresh featuring Cory Gunz)
2010 A. Fresh Start
"6 Foot 7 Foot"
(Lil Wayne featuring Cory Gunz)
9 2 2 50 71 Tha Carter IV
"Slime Father"
(N.O.R.E. featuring Cory Gunz)
2011 non-album singles
"Great Spitters"
(Prodigy featuring Cory Gunz)
"On This Side"
(Dirti Diana featuring King Los, Cory Gunz and Phresh Duzit)
2013 R.I.P. To The Competition
(Lil Twist featuring Cory Gunz)
2014 The Golden Child 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"If It's Lovin' that You Want (Part 2)" 2006 Rihanna A Girl like Me
"Pocket or Two" 2008 Bravehearts, D-Stres Bravehearted 2
"Push It" Emina Jahović Exhale
"A New Day" Willie the Kid, Marvo Absolute Greatness
"A Million Lights" 2011 DJ Khaled, Kevin Rudolf, Tyga, Mack Maine, Jae Millz We the Best Forever
"Crazy Glue" Smoke DZA, Big Sant Jet World Order
"Loko" 2012 Mysonne, Lumidee The Definition of a G 2
"I Don't Care" Fred the Godson Gordo Frederico
"Same Ol' Story" DJ Drama, Kid Ink, Schoolboy Q, Childish Gambino Quality Street Music
"Up Every Night (Remix)" 1982, Kid Ink
"Come On" Trav Push
"Tables"[25] Tony Yayo, Danny Brown Sex, Drugs, & Hip-Hop
"Ghetto Symphony" 2013 Mack Maine, Flow, P.A.P.I. Freestyle 102: No Pens or Pads
"What You Talkin' Bout"[26] Gudda Gudda REDRUM
"Lay It Down"[27] Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj I Am Not a Human Being II
"Up Every Night" (Remix) Termanology, Kid Ink Hood Politics 7
"Monsta" Antwon Bailey, Jadakiss Now or Never
"Everyday"[28] Birdman, Mystikal, Busta Rhymes Rich Gang
"Right Now"[29] Meek Mill, French Montana, Mase Dreamchasers 3
"NY Fitted" Torch, Sinsay, Fred the Godson Da Bronx Zoo
"Chasing Paper" 2014 Pyro Prada
"Buss Ya Mic"[30] DJ Kay Slay, Jon Connor, Dave East The Last Hip Hop Disciple
"Murda" 2015 Lil Wayne, Capo, Junior Reid Free Weezy Album
"50 Shots" Method Man, Streetlife, Mack Wilds The Meth Lab
"Spit Game Proper" 2016 DJ Kay Slay, Termanology, Loaded Lux Cameo King III
"Let Em All In" 2017 Lil Wayne, Euro Dedication 6


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Son of a Gun Himself Main Role
2013 Love & Hip Hop Himself Cameo/Support Role


  1. ^ a b Jessica Koslow, "Interview: Cory Gunz: Youngest In Charge," February 1, 2005, found at HipHopDx website. Accessed January 23, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Nick Cannon and Gunz bringing elegance in '09 and oranges ," Nick Cannon's website. Accessed January 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Shaheem Reid, "Cory Gunz Talks Reality Show With Nick Cannon, Mixtape With DJ Drama: Bronx MC tells Mixtape Daily his upcoming show is 'about bringing hip-hop back and taking it all the way to the top.'" Found at MTV news website. Accessed January 23, 2010.
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