Tuff Crew

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Tuff Crew
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1985 - Present
Labels Traffic Entertainment, Soo Def Records, DangerZone Music Group
Website www.facebook.com/DangerZoneMusicGroup
Members Ice Dog, LA Kidd, Tone Love, DJ Too Tuff

Tuff Crew were a hip hop group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dubbed "Philly's first Rap Supergroup".[1] Members included Ice Dog, L. A. Kid, Monty G, Tone Love, and DJ Too Tuff,[2]


They released four albums. Their debut LP included production by the Ultramagnetic MCs' Kool Keith and Ced Gee, with a style that was bass-heavy with Roland TR-808 drum machine, raw "street" lyrics and aggressive scratch DJing. They performed with Public Enemy, Run–D.M.C., Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, LL Cool J, and many others. They toured the U.S.A as the support act for 2Live Crew, and were fan favorites on the groundbreaking Street Beat radio program on Power 99, hosted by Lady B. They were racially mixed and ethnically diverse, and were regular performers at the After Midnight club in North Philly, once the largest Hip-Hop club in America. Their contemporaries included Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Dj Cash Money and Marvelous, Cool C, Schoolly D and Three Times Dope.

DJ Too Tuff, a/k/a the Deuce Ace Detonator, is considered a forefather of the turntablist movement, because of several dynamic DJ tracks on the group's albums. Dj Z-Trip, DJ Shadow and other New School DJs credit DJ Too Tuff for inspiring their style and music.

During the recording of their fourth album "Still Dangerous", the group was joined by Smooth K and DJ Cutzology. Members Tone Love & DJ Too Tuff were absent during this 1991 recording working on outside project Danger Zone M.O.B.B. Squad.

LA Kidd has recently married Bunny D from L'Trimm.[3]

DJ Too Tuff currently owns and operates DangerZone Music Group, a Philadelphia based independent record label[3] with a slew of artists and upcoming releases.



  • "Get Smart" 12" (1985, So Def)
  • "Philly Style" 12" (1986, So Def)
  • Phanjam EP (1987, So Def)
  • Danger Zone LP (1988, Warlock)
  • Back To Wreck Shop LP (1989, Warlock)
  • Still Dangerous LP (1991, Warlock)
  • DJ Too Tuff's Lost Archives CD (2008, Traffic Entertainment)
  • The Best of DJ Too Tuff CD (2013, DangerZone Music Group)

Appears on[edit]

  • One Voice Pride - LP/CD RuffHouse Records - Hittin' Hard Balls
  • 2004 Warlock Records Throwback Attack
  • Scratch Masters (2x12") Deuce Ace Housin' Strictly Bizness
  • Scratch Masters 2 (2xLP) Soul Food Strictly Bizness
  • Warlock's Freaky Beats And Crazy Grooves (LP) She Rides The Pony
  • Bellaphon Germany The Rhythm Story So Far.... (CD3") My Part Of Town (Remix)
  • Rhythm Records Best Of Hip Hop (4xCD)
  • Low Price Music Cream Live Two (3xCD) Soul Food Deconstruction It Will
  • My Part Of Town BBE It Will Take A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (2xLP)
  • My Part Of Town BBE Mixmag Live Rae & Christian Blazing The Crop (3xLP)
  • My Part Of Town DMC Publishing Rae & Christian - Blazing The Crop (CD)
  • My Part Of Town DMC Publishing Blazing The Crop (CD)
  • My Part Of Town Mixer Fusion Beats (CD)
  • Soul Food Cutting Edge Classic Material - Philadelphia (CD) Let It Rip, My Parta *Town Waste Management Music Toxic (3xLP)
  • My Part Of Town (Remix) Because Music
  • DJ Too Tuff- The Lost Archives
  • Aroe & The Soundmakers- The Wreck Shop - Philly Golden Era Vol.1 Mixtape (feat. DJ Too Tuff & LA Kidd)


  1. ^ Chalat, Alexandra (9 August 2007). "Rap's Comenack". South Philly Review. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tuff Crew Biography". Billboard.com. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Part Time Rap Star, Full Time Drug Dealer". Medium. Cuepoint. Retrieved 16 January 2015.