Ray Luv in May 2009
|Birth name||Ray Tyson|
|Born||April 16, 1972|
San Francisco, California, United States
|Genres||West Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap, Hyphy|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, Record Producer, Songwriter|
|Labels||Young Black Brotha, Priority Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic Records|
|Associated acts||Mac Mall, Tupac Shakur, Mac Dre, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Too Short, Shock-G, Digital Underground|
Early in his career Ray Luv performed alongside Tupac Shakur in the group Strictly Dope, a group based in Santa Rosa, California. In 1991, Ray was signed to the independent label Young Black Brotha Records by fellow friends Mac Dre and Mac Mall. Ray Luv has stated that he got his name from Tupac Shakur.
His first extended play Who Can Be Trusted? was released in 1993 by Young Black Brotha "Get Your Money On" from Trusted was popular on local radio at the time. That next year, Luv was featured on the Above The Rim soundtrack. Forever Hustlin', released in 1995 by Interscope Records through the Bay Area label Young Black Brotha, was his major label debut; it reached #21 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.
In 1997, Luv contributed to the Bay Area rap compilation "Best Of Da Bay: A Series Of Slaps" from Young Black Brotha.
|A Prince in Exile||2002||35||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.|
- Population Control with Crimeseen (2006)
- Black Wall Street with JT the Bigga Figga & Mac Mall (2003)
- Who Can Be Trusted? (1993)
|"Last Nite"||1994||16||Forever Hustlin'|
|"Definition of a Hustla"||1995||18|
|"Still Smokin Indo"||1995||21|
|"They Don't Understand" (Mac Dre featuring Ray Luv)||1993||9||Young Black Brotha|
|"Pimp Shit" (Mac Mall featuring Ray Luv and Mac Dre)||18||Illegal Business?|
|"Born Hustlaz" (Ray Luv & RBL Posse)||1994||24||West Coast Bad Boyz Vol.1|
|"All About My Fetti" (Young Lay featuring Mac Mall & Ray Luv)||1995||21||New Jersey Drive, Vol. 1, Black 'N Dangerous|
|"Bay Area Playaz" (Mac Dre featuring Ray Luv, Mac Mall, Master P, Too Short, Young Lay)||11||Dwellin' in tha Labb|
|"Pimp or Die " (Mac Mall featuring Ray Luv and Young Lay)||1996||27||Untouchable|
|"Cinnamon Waves" (Shock G featuring Ray Luv)||2000||35|
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- Ankeny, Jason. "Ray Luv - Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Rowell, Mike; Michel, Sia; Tudor, Silke (1995-04-26). "Samples". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Jam, Billy (1997-07-20). "Bay Area Rappers Gather Together In Song". San Francisco Chronicle. p. PK-32. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
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