R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
|R U Still Down? (Remember Me)|
|Studio album by 2Pac|
|Released||November 25, 1997|
("I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" Original Version and Instrumental)
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
|Genre||West coast hip hop, gangsta rap, g-funk, R&B|
|Label||Amaru, Jive Records, Interscope Records|
|Producer||Afeni Shakur (exec.), Lisa Smith-Putnam (exec.), Tony Pizarro, Akshun, Choo, Def Jef, DJ Daryl, Warren G, Khalid A. Hafiz, Johnny "J", Laylaw, Live Squad, Levant Marcus, Michael Mosley, QDIII, Quimmy Quim, Chris Rosser, Conrad Rosser, Ricky Rouse, Soulshock & Karlin, 2Pac|
|Singles from R U Still Down? (Remember Me)|
|The Daily Vault||B|
R U Still Down? (Remember Me) is the second posthumous album by 2Pac, released in 1997, and the first to be finished without his creative input. Her son having 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.
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. The album reached multi-platinum status (4 million sold), a trend followed by some of his subsequent posthumous albums. R U Still Down? sold 549,000 copies in its first week.
It has sold 2,166,117 copies in the United States as of 2011.
The first release on Amaru Records, 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."
The artwork includes a note from 2Pac: "Keep the faith in me. I will not let u down! love 2Pac".
The album cover was previously used on Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
Tupac mentions his life in the streets of Oakland, California in songs such as "Nothin' But Love" and how he started his career "Thug Life" mentality in those streets. As more of the original songs are leaked, it has become evident that many of the album's tracks were true to the originals, simply mastering and perfecting the original instrumentals and vocals. Songs like: "Hold On Be Strong", "Nothin' But Love", "Nothing To Lose", "Only Fear Of Death", "When I Get Free II", "Open Fire" are true to the originals. Those with fundamentally similar compositions include "Lie 2 Kick It", "I'm Gettin' Money" and "Thug Style". Tracks with completely new instrumentation include "Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto", "Hellrazor" and "Enemies With Me".
"Definition of a Thug Nigga" also appears on the soundtrack of the 1993 film, Poetic Justice.
|1||"Redemption"||We Got Kidz & Ricky Rouse||1:48|
|3||"R U Still Down? (Remember Me)"||Tony Pizarro||4:07|
|4||"Hellrazor"||Stretch & Val Young||QDIII||4:15|
|5||"Thug Style"||We Got Kidz||4:16|
|6||"Where Do We Go From Here (Interlude)"||Tony Pizarro & 2Pac||4:31|
|7||"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto"||Soulshock & Karlin||4:21|
|8||"Nothing to Lose"||Y?N-Vee||2Pac & Live Squad||3:39|
|9||"I'm Gettin' Money"||Mike Mosley||3:32|
|10||"Lie to Kick It"||Richie Rich||Warren G||3:39|
|11||"Fuck All Y'all"||We Got Kidz||4:32|
|12||"Let Them Thangs Go"||We Got Kidz||3:33|
|13||"Definition of a Thug Nigga"||Warren G||4:09|
|1||"Ready 4 Whatever"||Big Syke||Johnny "J"||4:05|
|2||"When I Get Free"||We Got Kidz||4:46|
|3||"Hold on be Strong"||Stretch||Choo||4:11|
|4||"I'm Losin' It"||Big Syke & Spice 1||Tony Pizarro||3:55|
|5||"Fake Ass Bitches"||Johnny "J"||3:10|
|6||"Do for Love"||Eric Williams of Blackstreet||Soulshock & Karlin||4:42|
|7||"Enemies with Me"||Dramacydal||We Got Kidz||4:15|
|8||"Nothin' but Love"||Dave Hollister||2Pac & DJ Daryl||4:28|
|9||"16 on Death Row"||2Pac||5:42|
|10||"I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto (Hip-Hop Version)"||Maxee||Soulshock & Karlin||4:40|
|11||"When I Get Free II"||Yaki Kadafi||Chris Rosser||3:22|
|12||"Black Starry Night (Interlude)"||DJ Daryl||0:48|
|13||"Only Fear of Death"||Live Squad||5:09|
Definition of a Thug Nigga
- "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" by Willie Hutch
- "Ashley's Roachclip" by The Soul Searchers
- "Wind Parade" by Donald Byrd
- " Nuthin but a G' Thang (freestyle Remix) by Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre
Ready 4 Whatever
- "1980" by Gil Scott-Heron
R U Still Down (Remember Me)
- "He's a Fly Guy" by Curtis Mayfield
- "Free 'Em All" by J-Flexx
Do for Love
F*** All Y'all
- "Street Life" by Geto Boys
I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto
- "Two of Us" by Cameo
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
- "May the Force Be With You" by Bootsy's Rubber Band
Black Starry Night (Interlude)
- "Do It Roger" by Roger
I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto (Original Version)
- "Do It Roger" by Roger
Lie to Kick It
Only Fear of Death
- "Hihache" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band
- "Scared Straight (Mike Mosley Remix)"
- "I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto (Mike Mosley Remix)" Feat. Tammmi & Mike Mosley (Later in 1999 was released in Mike Mosley's Platinum Plaques)
- "Thugz Get Lonely Too '97" Feat. Tech N9ne
- "Dopefiends Diner (Shock G Remix)" Feat. Digital Underground
- "I'm Getting Money (Mike Mosley Premix)" Feat. Kyle Rifkin (Later released in ,,The Way He Wanted It" Mixtape)
- "I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto (Soulpower Hip-Hop Remix Radio Edit)" Feat. Maxee (Released in "I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto" single)
|New Zealand Charts||20|
|UK Albums Chart||44|
|US Billboard 200||2|
|US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums||1|
|"I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto"
|"Do For Love"
Samples later used
- 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."
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