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R U Still Down? Remember Me
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 25, 1997 (1997-11-25)
Recorded1992-1994
(2Pac's vocals)
1997
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Genre
Length1:42:40
Label
Producer
2Pac chronology
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
(1996)
R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
(1997)
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Singles from R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
  1. "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto"
    Released: September 21, 1997
  2. "Do for Love"
    Released: February 27, 1998

R U Still Down? (Remember Me) is the sixth studio album by American rapper, 2Pac, released on November 25, 1997, and the first to be finished without his creative input. Tupac left a large body of work behind, this was the first release from his mother's imprint, Amaru Entertainment, set up to control 2Pac's posthumous releases. The album contains previously unreleased material from the time period of his albums Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., Thug Life: Volume 1 and Me Against the World. The album title was named after several handwritten tracklist by 2Pac from 1993 and 1994 that featured both unreleased songs and material that would be issued on "Me Against The World" & "Thug Life Vol. 1".[2] Interscope also planned a 1995 version of "R U Still Down" album that also included a different tracklisting. However, this version was never released due to 2Pac signing to Death Row Records.[3]

The first release on Amaru, R U Still Down? (Remember Me) was overseen by 2Pac's mother, Afeni Shakur. This album airs his views on life from a time before he became involved in the controversial East Coast-West Coast rivalry. His lyrics foreshadow his death in songs like "Open Fire" and "Thug Style." "Definition of a Thug Nigga" also appears on the soundtrack of the 1993 film, Poetic Justice. It spawned two hits, "Do for Love" and "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto", of which "Do for Love" was certified Gold by the RIAA. R U Still Down? sold 549,000 copies in its first week.[4] The album reached multi-Platinum status (4 million sold) under a month on December 15, 1997, a trend followed by some of his subsequent posthumous albums.[5] It topped the R&B charts in the United States for three weeks.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[6]
The Daily VaultB[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
Spin8/10[9]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[10]

"As always, there's ample self-destructive bullshit," noted Spin, "but as a whole the album's eerie and undeniable."[11] Matt Diehl of Entertainment Weekly give a mixed review, observing how "many of the 26 tracks are barely demo-worthy gangsta pap ... Still, 2Pac's raw talent burns through when his voice goes hoarse with rage [and] his blend of charismatic confidence and Travis Bickle paranoia is a bittersweet reminder of a gifted yet contradictory artist lost in the rap wars."[12]

Track listing

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[13]

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Redemption"Ricky Rouse
  • We Got Kidz
  • Ricky Rouse[a]
1:48
2."Open Fire" (featuring Akshun)
Akshun2:52
3."R U Still Down? (Remember Me)"Tony Pizarro4:07
4."Hellrazor" (featuring Stretch & Val Young)4:15
5."Thug Style"
  • We Got Kidz
  • Chris Rosser[c]
  • Conrad Rosser[c]
4:16
6."Where Do We Go from Here (Interlude)"
4:31
7."I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto"
4:21
8."Nothing to Lose" (featuring Y?N-Vee)
  • 2Pac
  • Live Squad
3:39
9."I'm Gettin' Money"
  • Shakur
  • Mike Mosley
  • Mike Mosley
  • Natures Fynest[a]
3:32
10."Lie to Kick It" (featuring Richie Rich)Warren G3:39
11."Fuck All Y'all"
  • Shakur
  • Greenidge
  • Cox
We Got Kidz4:32
12."Let Them Thangs Go"
  • Shakur
  • Greenidge
  • Cox
  • Clinton, Jr.
  • Collins
  • Worrell
3:33
13."Definition of a Thug Nigga"
  • 2Pac
  • Warren G
4:09
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ready 4 Whatever" (featuring Big Syke)Johnny "J"4:05
2."When I Get Free"
  • Shakur
  • Greenidge
  • Cox
  • Rouse
  • We Got Kidz
  • Ricky Rouse[a]
4:46
3."Hold On, Be Strong" (featuring Stretch)
Choo4:11
4."I'm Losin' It" (featuring Big Syke & Spice 1)
3:55
5."Fake Ass Bitches"
  • Shakur
  • J. Jackson
  • Johnny "J"
  • We Got Kidz[b]
3:10
6."Do for Love" (featuring Eric Williams of Blackstreet)Soulshock & Karlin4:42
7."Enemies with Me" (featuring Dramacydal)
  • We Got Kidz
  • Live Squad[c]
4:15
8."Nothin' but Love" (featuring Dave Hollister)
  • DJ Daryl
  • 2Pac
4:28
9."16 on Death Row"Shakur
  • 2Pac
  • We Got Kidz[b]
5:42
10."I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto (Hip Hop Version)" (featuring Maxee)
Soulshock & Karlin4:40
11."When I Get Free II" (featuring Yaki Kadafi)
  • Chris Rosser
  • Conrad Rosser
3:22
12."Black Starry Night (Interlude)"
  • Shakur
  • Anderson
  • R. Troutman
  • L. Troutman
DJ Daryl0:48
13."Only Fear of Death"
Live Squad5:09

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies the original producer

Leftover tracks

  • "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto (Mike Mosley Remix)"[14]

Samples

Definition of a Thug Nigga

Ready 4 Whatever

R U Still Down (Remember Me)

Hellrazor

Do for Love

F*** All Y'all

I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto (hip hop version/single release)

Let Them Thangs Go

Nothin' but Love

  • "Something About That Woman" by Lakeside

Nothing to Lose

When I Get Free II

  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Part I" by Stanley Clarke

Where Do We Go From Here

Black Starry Night (Interlude)

I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto (OG remake version)

Lie to Kick It

Only Fear of Death

Cultural references

On his 2008 album, Untitled, Nas sampled "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" on his song, "Black President".

Charts

Charts (1997-98) Peak position
Australian Charts[15] 50
Austrian Charts[16] 23
Canadian Charts[17] 12
German Charts[18] 25
Dutch Charts[19] 29
French Charts[20] 52
New Zealand Charts[21] 20
Swedish Chart[22] 41
UK R&B Albums Charts[23] 6
UK Albums Chart[24][25] 44
US Billboard 200[17] 2
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums[17] 1

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[26] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 4x Platinum 4,000,000[28]

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

See also

References

  1. ^ "R U Still Down? (Remember Me) - 2Pac | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Shakur, Tupac. "R U Still Down Handwritten Tracklist". Goldinauctions. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ Shakur, Tupac. "Engineer Paul arnold Interview Part 1: About Unreleased Pre-Deathrow Album, Call from Jail and more". YouTube. 2PacForumChannel.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "R U Still Down? (Remember Me) - 2Pac | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "2Pac: | Daily Vault". dailyvault.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "R U still down? (remember me)". EW.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Spin (3/98, pp. 130-131) - 8 (out of 10) - "... As always, there's ample self-destructive bullshit, but as a whole, the album's eerie and undeniable.... Even after death, 2Pac isn't going gentle into that good night; if this album is any gauge, he's not letting us go either, at least not anytime soon."
  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob; Sheffield, Rob (1998-01-22). "R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Spin May 1998
  12. ^ "R U still down? (remember me)". EW.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ R U Still Down? (Remember Me) (booklet). Amaru, Interscope, Jive. 1997.
  14. ^ Mosley, Mike. "Producer Mike Mosley Reveals Several MCs Who Witnessed Tupac Record "Hit 'Em Up" (Video)". ambrosiaforheads. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Steffen Hung (1997-12-21). "2 Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". austriancharts.at. Retrieved .
  17. ^ a b c "2Pac". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Archived from the original on 2012-09-24. Retrieved .
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Steffen Hung (1997-12-13). "2 Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". lescharts.com. Retrieved .
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". charts.nz. Retrieved .
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "2 Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "2Pac - R U still down remember me". Official Charts Company. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "2PAC | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Dutch album certifications - 2Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 2020.Enter R U Still Down? (Remember Me) in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  27. ^ "British album certifications - 2Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". British Phonographic Industry. 2002. Retrieved 2011.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type R U Still Down? (Remember Me) in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ Caulfield, Keith (March 13, 2015). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Hozier' Has Sold a Half-Million". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015.
  29. ^ "American certifications - 2 Pac - R U Still Down? (Remember Me)". Recording Industry Association of America. June 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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