From Me to U

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From Me to U
Studio album by Juelz Santana
Released August 19, 2003 (U.S.)
Recorded 2002-2003
Genre East Coast rap
Length 70:34
Label Diplomat, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Producer The Heatmakerz, Jazze Pha, Chad Hamilton, Edward Hinson, Charlemagne
Juelz Santana chronology
From Me to U
(2003)
What the Game's Been Missing!
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (3.2/10)[2]
RapReviews (6/10)[3]

From Me to U is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Juelz Santana, released on August 19, 2003, under Diplomat, Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam. The album was seen as the introspective introduction of the rapper to mainstream entertainment. Following the success of various unofficial street mixtapes and being part of the rap group The Diplomats, co-founded by rappers Cameron Giles (a.k.a. Cam'ron) and Joseph Guillermo Jones II (a.k.a. Jim Jones), From Me to U was the second official album to be released while the super group was signed to Diplomat Records, a sublabel of Roc-A-Fella Records at the time,[4] following Cam'ron's Roc-A-Fella debut Come Home with Me. Upon its release in 2003,after one year of recording and mastering, the 20-tracked album found commercial success, reaching #8 on Billboard 200 and#3 on the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums,[5] even though it did not receive critical acclaim throughout the industry. Though some tracks originally were featured on Juelz's street mixtape Final Destination, they were still applied to the track listing of the official album as well.[6]

Background[edit]

After the signing of The Diplomats, also known as The Dips or Dipset, to Roc-a-Fella Records in 2002, there was an influx of mixtapes, features on other artists' records, television and radio interviews, in which Juelz achieved mainstream recognition not previously gained through the various Diplomat mixtapes, and his solo mixtape Final Destination. After recording feature verses on the two singles, "Hey Ma" and "Oh Boy", which were on Cam'ron's first Roc-a-fella/Diplomat Records release, Juelz started working on his as well since he was going to be the next solo album released on Diplomat records. In addition, Diplomatic Immunity was a Dipset compilation and showcasing of the entire roster, mainly Juelz, who is featured on the majority of the songs.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured Guest(s) Composer(s) Time
1 "The Champ Is Here" Heatmakerz Freekey Zekey Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron 2:25
2 "One Day I Smile" Heatmakerz Harding, G./Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron 2:45
3 "Okay Okay" Heatmakerz Hart, W./Bell, T./Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron, King Abdul of Zuzan 3:21
4 "Down (Skit)" Freekey Zekey, Monique Garnett 1:25
5 "Down" Heatmakerz Whitfield, Norman/Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron 3:45
6 "Monster Music" Heatmakerz Opera Steve Steinman, J./Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron 4:17
7 "Back Again" Heatmakerz Hudson, H./King, W./Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron 4:44
8 "My Problem (Jealousy)" Charlemagne Payne, H./Pease, E./Scarpiello, M./Charlemagne, H./James, Laron 3:44
9 "How I Feel" Heatmakerz Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron 1:40
10 "Why" Heatmakerz Lewis, T./Raymond, U./Green, G./Harris, James Producer/Thomas, S./James, Laron 3:57
11 "Wherever I Go" Chad Hamilton, Ryan Press (Co-producer) Jim Jones Hamilton, C./Jones, J./Presson, R./James, Laron 4:18
12 "Dipset (Santana's Town) (Skit)" Freekey Zekey, Monique Garnett 1:16
13 "Dipset (Santana's Town)" Edward "Self Service" Hinson Cam'ron Hinson, E./Giles, Cameron/James, Laron 3:38
14 "Squalie (Skit)" Freekey Zekey, Mike Peters, Monique Garnett 0:55
15 "Squalie" Heatmakerz J. R. Writer Brito, R./Green, G./White, B./Thomas, S./James, Laron 4:16
16 "Rain Drops" Charlemagne Johnson, J./Lewis, K./Charlemagne, H./James, Laron 4:34
17 "My Love (Remix)" Heatmakerz Jim Jones Ingram, J./Jones, J./Green, G./Thomas, S./James, Laron 3:09
18 "Let's Go" Heatmakerz Cam'ron Gaye, M./Townsend, E./Green, G./Thomas, S./Giles, Cameron 4:42
19 "Now What" Jazze Pha T.I. Alexander, P./Harris, C./James, Laron 5:21
20 "This Is for My Homies" Heatmakerz Jim Jones Jackson, C./Jones, J./Stinson, T./Turner, M. Jr./Thomas, S./Carter, T./James, Laron 6:23

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Chart performance[edit]

From Me to U peaked at #8 in the Billboard 200 selling 74,000 copies in its first week[5] and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums [5] in 2003.[7]

Chart Position
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums # 3
Billboard 200 # 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ RapReviews review
  4. ^ Juelz Santana official website @ defjam.com - Audio/Video
  5. ^ a b c Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Juelz Santana
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/69375/hitmakers-the-neptunes-land-compilation-at-no-1

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