How Do U Want It

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"How Do U Want It"
Single by 2Pac featuring K-Ci & JoJo
from the album All Eyez on Me
B-side "California Love"
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
"Hit 'Em Up"
Released June 4, 1996
Format 12" single, CD single
Recorded October 1995
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:47
Label Death Row, Interscope
Writer(s) Tupac Shakur, Johnny Jackson, Bruce Fisher, Leon Ware, Stanley Richardson, Quincy Jones
Producer(s) Johnny "J"
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
2Pac chronology
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
(1996)
"How Do U Want It"
(1996)
"All Bout U"
(1996)
K-Ci & JoJo chronology
"If You Think You're Lonely Now"
(1994)
"How Do You Want It"
(1996)
"How Could You"
(1996)
Music video
“How Do U Want It” on YouTube
Music video
“How Do U Want It (Concert Version” on YouTube

"How Do U Want It" is a hip-hop song performed by Tupac Shakur. It features R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo and was the third single from his album All Eyez on Me. The song debuted June 16, 1996. It was a Double A-side single to "California Love" in America, and the song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #17 in the UK in 1996.

It samples Quincy Jones's "Body Heat" from his 1974 album Body Heat. The song includes a diss of noted gangsta rap critic C. Delores Tucker. The Concert/Clean version's 3rd verse completely differs to the version found on the album.[1] The song appears in the 1997 film, Gang Related, which was Tupac Shakur's last film perfomance after his death, and also appears in the 2002 film Friday After Next.

The song was nominated at the 1997 grammys for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.[2]

Music videos[edit]

There were three videos filmed for this song: two in the same set for the single in April 1996 directed by Ron Hightower and produced by Tracy D. Robinson. These two are distinguished by MPAA rating (one is certified adult material). The video portrays a wild sex party with jacuzzi, mechanical bull riding, cage dancing and pole stripping. All actors and actresses are dressed in renaissance-age costumes, though all clothes are removed for the nude clip. The adult-material video also features numerous porn stars, including Nina Hartley, Heather Hunter, and Angel Kelly.

The limousine segment seen in the clean version is the same except no nudity. The third one is the concert version, mostly them performing on stage (not the House Of Blues live performance). There are cameo appearances by K-Ci & JoJo, and fellow group member of Digital Underground Shock G both in the concert and studio segments.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How Do U Want It" (LP Version)
  2. "California Love" (Long Radio Edit)
  3. "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" (LP Version)
  4. "Hit 'Em Up"

Chart positions & Certifications[edit]

Albums with the song[edit]

See also[edit]

Hot 100 number-one hits of 1996 (USA)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2Pac - How Do You Want It (Concert Version). Youtube. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  2. ^ 39th Grammy Awards - 1997. Rock on the Net. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – 2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "2Pac > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo: How Do U Want It" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – 2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – 2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: 0". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – 2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It". Singles Top 60. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  10. ^ "2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  12. ^ "2Pac Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for 2Pac. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  13. ^ "2Pac Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for 2Pac. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  15. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1997 Singles. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 

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