Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz

Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz was an American hip hop duo, composed of rappers Sean "Lord Tariq" Hamilton and Peter "Peter Gunz" Pankey, from The Bronx, New York.[1] They are best known for their single "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)", which peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1996–1999
LabelsColumbia Records
Associated actsShaquille O'Neal, Terror Squad, Cory Gunz, Whodini, Militia, Sticky Fingaz
Past membersLord Tariq
Peter Gunz

The duo first appeared on Whodini's 1996 album Six, appearing on the track "Can't Get Enough", and assisting writing on two other tracks from the album. The duo released their only album in 1998, entitled Make It Reign. The album peaked at #38 on the US Billboard 200 and #8 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album featured guest appearances from fellow American rappers Big Pun, Fat Joe, Sticky Fingaz, Kurupt and Cam'ron. But it was the album's lead single "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)", that found the most success. It peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of over one million. The track peaked at #21 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1998.[1] The track samples Steely Dan, "Black Cow". However, the duo disbanded in 1999 without releasing a follow-up album.

Later career

Lord Tariq has released a solo album, The Barcode (2005), that features Peter Gunz and his son Cory Gunz. Lord Tariq had also done a collaboration with Jay-Z and Nas in 1998, the track is entitled "Analyze This" and was released before Jay-Z & Nas had beef (in 2001). Peter Gunz collaborated with Shaquille O'Neal on "Strait Playin" (featuring DJ Quik), "Best to Worst," and "Can I Play?" from Shaq's album "You Can't Stop the Reign" and "The Way It's Going Down" and "Make this a Night to Remember" on Shaq's album "Respect." Gunz also teamed up with O'Neal, along with rappers B-Real, Ice Cube, and KRS-1 on the tune "Men of Steel" from the movie soundtrack of "Steel" starring O'Neal. Peter Gunz appears on VH1 reality series, Love & Hip Hop: New York since 2013. He has a son, Peter "Cory Gunz" Pankey, Jr., who is also a rapper currently signed with Young Money Entertainment, and a wife, Amina Schmahl who is a singer.


Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions
1998 Make It Reign 38 8

Solo projects

  • Lord Tariq – The Barcode (2005)


Peter Gunz

Year Title Role Notes
2013–17 Love & Hip Hop: New York Himself Guest Role (Season 3)
Supporting Cast (Seasons 4-7)
2017 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Himself


  1. Roberts, David (2008). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 328. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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