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Young Gunz
Also known as Young Gunners, Gunnaz
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rappers
Years active 1998 - Present
Labels Roc-A-Fella, Young Gunz Media
Members Neef Buck
Young Chris

The Young Gunz are a rap duo from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are composed of Young Chris (born Chris Ries in 1984) and Neef Buck (born Hanif Muhammad in 1984). They are members of Beanie Sigel's State Property collective and are formerly signed to Roc-A-Fella Records. Young Gunz' debut single, "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", was one of the top 20 on the Billboard charts of 2003.

History

State Property

Ries and Muhammad had been friends since they were in middle school.[1] On "Takeover", a track from his 2001 album The Blueprint, Jay-Z announced the duo as "Chris & Neef".[2]

In 2001, the duo performed on the State Property soundtrack album.[2] Chris and Neef starred in the titular movie. Also during this period of their career, Young Chris appeared throughout Dame Dash's Dream Team compilation, and Beanie Sigel's The Reason. The duo performed together on guest appearances for albums like Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2, Freeway's Philadelphia Freeway, State Property's The Chain Gang Vol. 2, and Memphis Bleek's M.A.D.E.; all while recording their album.

The Young Gunz scored their first hit with "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", the lead-off single from the Chain Gang, Vol. 2 album. Its song and video received major airplay on hip-hop radio, MTV2, and BET[3] and reached #14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and #6 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.

As a group

After the success of their single, "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", the label jumped and was ready to release their debut album, Tough Luv. It included the remix to "Can't Stop, Won't Stop", which featured St. Louis rapper Chingy. Singles included "No Better Love" featuring former Roc-A-Fella Records crooner Relland the Just Blaze-produced "Friday Night". Tough Luv debuted on the Billboard 200 at #3 after selling 128,000 copies in its first week. That week, the album at #2 was labelmate Kanye West's debut album The College Dropout, which was released just two weeks earlier.[4]

After a brief hiatus, the duo returned with Swizz Beatz produced "Set It Off" from their second album, Brothers from Another. This albums, which was released May, 24th 2005, sales were somewhat of a disappointment compared to the first, despite the decent exposure of the lead single, promotion from Jay-Z himself, TV, radio & magazine appearances. It was the second release from the "new" Roc-A-Fella Records, referencing when Jay-Z became president of Def Jam Records, the first being Memphis Bleek's 534. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #15, and included guest features from Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Slim of 112 (Marvin Scandrick III) and John Legend.[5]

Disputes with other rap artists

The Young Gunz were part of a public beef and a war of words with West Coast rapper, The Game. The feud stems from The Game's beef with Memphis Bleek, which escalated into a beef with the entire Roc-A-Fella camp with the exception of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Just Blaze. The Game dissed Bleek and The Young Gunz on his 15-minute freestyle track "300 Bars and Runnin'".[6] The Young Gunz, along with Pooda Brown, responded with a freestyle of their own. Surprisingly, Chris & Neef also beefed with actor, comedian and now rapper, Katt "Money Mike" Wiliams. This beef stemmed from "Set It Off" by the Young Gunz, in which they called a character from a movie that Katt Williams played as, a "fake ass pimp." This beef was encouraged by The Game as he and Katt dissed the two on a Freestyle over their own "Set It Off" beat.[7]

Young Chris solo work

As early as March 2006, Young Chris thought about recording a solo album. He initially titled it Now or Never.[8] He stated to XXL magazine that he wanted to release a solo album by the end of 2008 and had been "95 percent done" by June 2008. In this article, Chris also states that he feels himself up there with Wayne and Juelz.[9] Since this time, Chris has taken to the internet to solidify himself as a top solo artist, with his YoungChris.com Social Network, hitting the remix circuit, and his much anticipated "The Network" Mixtape, hosted by Don Cannon. "The Network 2" mixtape with Don Cannon is already in the works.

Discography

Albums

Year Title Peak chart positions[10]
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2004 Tough Luv 3 1
2005 Brothers from Another
  • Released: May 24, 2005
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
15 4 2

Mixtapes

Year Title
2004 Get In Where You Fit In
  • Released: November 30, 2004
  • Label: Young Gunz
  • Format: CD
2005 Get In Where U Fit In, Pt. 2
  • Released: August 30, 2005
  • Label: Traffic
  • Format: CD
2008 Rapid Fire
  • Released: January 29, 2008
  • Label: Young Gunz
  • Format: CD

Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions[11] Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2003 "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" 14 10 6 The Chain Gang Vol. 2
2004 "No Better Love" (featuring Rell) 36 15 11 Tough Luv
"Friday Night" 115[12] 44 21
2005 "Set It Off" (featuring Swizz Beatz) 52 Brothers from Another
"Don't Keep Me Waiting (Come Back Soon)" (featuring Slim)

Music videos

From Beanie Sigel's The Reason

  • 2001: "Think It's A Game" (Young Chris - performing, Neef - cameo)

From State Property OST

  • 2001: "Roc the Mic" (cameo)

From Dame Dash's Paid in Full OST/Dream Tream

  • 2002: "One For Peedi" (Young Chris - performing, Neef - cameo)

From Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2: the Gift & the Curse

  • 2003: "Excuse Me Miss" (cameo)

From Freeway's Philadelphia Freeway

  • 2003: "Flipside" (cameo)
  • 2003: "Alright" (cameo)

From Bad Boys II OST

  • 2003: "Flipside" (cameo)

From The Chain Gang, Vol. 2

  • 2003: "Can't Stop, Won't Stop"

From Tough Luv

  • 2003: "Can't Stop, Won't Stop [Remix]"
  • 2004: "No Better Love"
  • 2004: "Friday Night"

From Memphis Bleek's 534

  • 2005: "Like That" (cameo)

From Brothers from Another

  • 2005: " Set It Off"
  • 2006: "Don't Keep Me Waiting (Come Back Soon)" (feat. Slim Of 112)

From Teairra Mari's Roc-a-fella Presents...Teairra Mari

  • 2005: "Make Her Feel Good" (cameo)

Filmography

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References

  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2003-08-12). "Young Gunz Becoming The Big Shots Of State Property". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason (2005). "Young Gunz > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy (2004-02-24). "Tough Luv > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  4. ^ Martens, Todd (2004-03-03). "Norah Makes Comfy 'Home' At No. 1". Billboard. 
  5. ^ Audioslave Opens at #1 | Billboard
  6. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2005-06-22). "Game Calls Attacks On 50, G-Unit Self-Defense: 'I Felt Like It's Five Against One'". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  7. ^ Katt Williams & Game "Set it Off"
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-03-20). "N.O.R.E. Makes Diddy Speak Spanish; Young Gunz Reload". Mixtape Monday. MTV News. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Anthony (2008-06-26). "Young Chris, “I’m up there with Wayne and Juelz”". XXL. 
  10. ^ "Artist Chart History - Young Gunz - Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  11. ^ "Artist Chart History - Young Gunz - Singles". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  12. ^ "Friday Night". Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. Billboard. 2004-05-22. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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