The Hard Way (213 album)

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The Hard Way
213 - The Hard Way.jpg
Studio album by 213
Released August 17, 2004 (2004-08-17)
Recorded September 2001 - June 2004
Studio
Genre
Length 71:59
Label
Producer
213 chronology
St. Ides EP
(1994)
The Hard Way
(2004)
Live in Las Vegas
(2009)
Singles from The Hard Way
  1. "So Fly"
    Released: July 6, 2004
  2. "Groupie Luv"
    Released: 2004

The Hard Way is the only studio album from American hip hop trio 213, which consisted of Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg. 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

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars 2004
Artist Direct 4/5 stars 2004
Entertainment Weekly (C+) 2004
HipHopDX.com 3.5/5 stars 2004
RapReviews.com (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

Upon its release, The Hard Way received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies in its first week.[1] The Hard Way opened at the top spot of the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[2]

According to TVT Records as December 16, 2004, the album sold 500,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Singles[edit]

"So Fly" was released on July 6, 2004 at first single from the album. The song reached at number 2 on US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.

The second single, "Groupie Luv" topped at number 26 on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Fredwreck 1:49
2. "Twist Yo' Body"
Hi-Tek 3:28
3. "Absolutely"
Quazedelic 4:00
4. "Keep It Gangsta"
B Sharp 4:36
5. "Run On Up"
Tha Chill 3:33
6. "Groupie Luv" DJ Pooh 3:52
7. "Lonely Girl"
Nottz 4:04
8. "Another Summer" (featuring Latoya Williams)
West 4:12
9. "213 tha Gangsta Clicc"
  • Broadus
  • Hale
  • Griffen III
  • Josef Laimberg
Laimberg 3:52
10. "Gotta Find a Way"
  • Broadus
  • Hale
  • Griffen III
  • Donald Smith
  • Keith Henderson
  • LaFayette Evans
  • Wanda Hutchinson
3:25
11. "Ups & Downs" (featuring Boki)
  • Broadus
  • Hale
  • Griffen III
  • A Edwards
  • Gilliam
  • Johnson
  • B Sharp
  • tha Chill
3:53
12. "Joysticc"
  • Niggarochi
  • Williams
4:48
13. "Rick James" (Interlude)
  • Broadus
  • Hale
  • Griffen III
  • Nassar
Fredwreck 0:36
14. "Mary Jane"
Quazedelic 3:48
15. "MLK"
B Sharp 3:44
16. "Lil Girl"
  • Broadus
  • Hale
  • Griffen III
  • Michael Angelo Saulsberry
Michael Angelo 3:19
17. "My Dirty Ho"
  • Broadus
  • Hale
  • Griffen III
  • Justin Henderson
  • Vincent Bell
J-Hen 4:12
18. "Appreciation"
  • Broadus
  • Hale
  • Griffen III
  • Henderson
J-Hen 4:06
19. "So Fly"
Missy Elliott 4:07
European edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
20. "Whistle While You Hustle" (featuring Daz Dillinger and Soopafly)
Jelly Roll 2:35

Notes

  • "Twist Yo' Body" features backing vocals performed by Dion.
  • "Rick James" (Interlude) features vocals performed by Dave Chappelle.

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Singles charts[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap NZ AUS
2004 "So Fly" 102 39 18
"Groupie Love" 48 24 23 16 39

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 50,000^
United States 500,000[3]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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