Ray Luv

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Ray Luv
Ray Luv performing at 5th Annual AHSC 1.JPG
Ray Luv in May 2009
Background information
Birth name Ray Tyson[1]
Born (1972-04-16) April 16, 1972 (age 45)
San Francisco, California, United States
Genres West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1989–present
Labels PTBTV Records, Strictly Business, Young Black Brotha, Atlantic
Associated acts

Young Lay, Tupac Shakur, Thug Life, Shock-G

Dubee, Strictly Dope
Website www.rayluv.com

Ray Tyson, better known by his stage name Ray Luv, is an American rapper from Santa Rosa, California.


Ray Tyson was born on April 16, 1972, in San Francisco, and was raised off of West Ninth Street in Santa Rosa, California.[citation needed]


Ray Luv performed with Tupac Shakur in the group Strictly Dope, a group based in Santa Rosa, California.[2] Early in his career, Luv was signed to the independent labels Strictly Business and Young Black Brotha. Ray Luv has stated that he got his name from Tupac Shakur, and that his original name was MC Roc (fka Roc-T and simply, Tyson).[3]

His first album Who Can Be Trusted was released in 1993 by Mac Dre's record label Strictly Business. "Get Your Money On" from Trusted was popular on local radio at the time.[4] Forever Hustlin', released in 1995 by Atlantic Records through the Bay Area label Young Black Brotha run by Khayree, was his major label debut;[4][5] it reached #39 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. That same year, Luv was featured on the soundtrack to the film New Jersey Drive.[6]

In 1997, Luv contributed to the Bay Area rap compilation Khayree Brings You the Blackalation from the Young Black Brotha label.[7]

Ray Luv is co-owner of the online video series Pushin' The Bay TV, alongside the show's host Emcee T, a rapper who has origins in Santa Rosa.



Year Title Chart positions[8]
U.S. R&B U.S. Heatseekers
1993 Who Can Be Trusted? - -
1995 Forever Hustlin' 39 16
1999 Coup d'Etat - -
2002 A Prince in Exile - -
2006 Population Control (with Crimeseen) - -
2009 Deathwish - -


Year Song Chart positions[9] Album
U.S. Rap
1994 "Last Night" 44 Forever Hustlin'
1995 "In the Game" -
1995 "Definition of Ah Hustla" -

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Chart positions[10] Album
U.S. Rap
1993 "They Don't Understand" (Mac Dre Feat. Ray Luv) - Young Black Brotha
1993 "Pimp Shit" (Mac Mall Feat. Ray Luv and Mac Dre) - Illegal Business?
1994 "Born Hustlaz" (Ray Luv & Tha Link Crew) - West Coast Bad Boyz Vol.1
1995 "All About My Fetti" (Young Lay Feat. Mac Mall & Ray Luv) 50 New Jersey Drive, Vol. 1, Black 'N Dangerous
1995 "Bay Area Playaz" (JT The Bigga Figga Feat. Ray Luv, Mac Mall, Master P, The Delinquents, Black C) - Dwellin' in tha Labb
1996 "Pimp Or Die " (Mac Mall Feat. Ray Luv and Young Lay) - Untouchable
2004 "Cinnamon Waves" (Shock G Feat. Ray Luv) -


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p335225/songs
  2. ^ By, Edited; Selvin, Joel (January 12, 1997). "Early Tupac Cuts Coming Out". San Francisco Chronicle. p. PK-41. Retrieved 2009-01-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ Ray Luv (2008-09-14). ""2Pac gave me the name Ray Luv" - PUSHIN' THE BAY / PTBTV EXCLUSIVE!". YouTube. 
  4. ^ a b Caples, Garrett (2005-03-16). "The post-2Pac pack". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Ray Luv - Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  6. ^ Rowell, Mike; Michel, Sia; Tudor, Silke (1995-04-26). "Samples". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  7. ^ Jam, Billy (1997-07-20). "Bay Area Rappers Gather Together In Song". San Francisco Chronicle. p. PK-32. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p41133/charts-awards
  9. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p41133/charts-awards/billboard-singles
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/1995-07-08/rap-song

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