So Many Tears

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"So Many Tears"
Single by 2Pac
from the album Me Against the World
Released June 13, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded September 1994 Soundcastle Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:59
Label Interscope
Writer(s) T. Shakur, G. Jacobs, R. Walker, E. Baker, S. Wonder
Producer(s) Shock G
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
2Pac singles chronology
"Dear Mama"
(1995)
"So Many Tears"
(1995)
"How Long Will They Mourn Me?"
(1995)
Music video
"So Many Tears" on YouTube

"So Many Tears" is the second single from Tupac Shakur's third studio album, Me Against the World.[1]

Background[edit]

After releasing Thug Life: Volume 1 Tupac began producing his third album "Me Against the World" and collaborated with rap group, "The Digital Underground's," Shock G also known as "Humpty Hump," for "[Shed] So Many Tears'" song production. During the album's production, the producer Shock G sent Tupac tracks for possible beat selection. Shakur chose so many tears track, which samples Stevie wonders "That Girl". From there, Shakur went on to create an introspective song, from a sample which, according to Shock G in his interview with stop being famous, was originally meant for an "upbeat" themed composition piece. There are other versions, including the original album version, "so many tears (feat. stretch)" Shock G version, So Many Tears (Key Of Z. Remix), Mob Deep's version, So Many Tears (Moe Z. Radio Friendly Club Mix) and So Many Tears (Reminizm' Remix).

Content[edit]

"So Many Tears" reads both as a letter or prayer to God and as an entry from a diary revealing the speaker's depression.

Charts[edit]

The song peaked at number 1 on the U.S. rap charts, U.S. R&B/Hip Hop charts, and the Billboard Hot 100. "So Many Tears" was also featured on 2Pac's Greatest Hits album. "So Many Tears" was used in the documentary Bastards of the Party, a documentary about the rivalry between the Bloods and Crips.[2]

Personnel & Credits[edit]

  • (T. Shakur, G. Jacobs, R. Walker, E. Baker, S. Wonder; Joshua's Dream/Interscope Pearl Music/Warner-Tamerlane
  • Publishing Corp./ Grand Imperial Thug Music/Pubhowyalike Music, BMI/Triboy Music Publishing/Black Bull
  • Music/Jobete Music Co., ASCAP.)
  • Produced by D-Flizno Production Squad for Stayin' Biznizzy Productions
  • Engineered by Mike Schlesinger & Tim Nitz
  • Recorded and Mixed at Southcastle Studios
  • Background Vocals: Thug Life, Digital Underground (appears courtesy of Tommy Boys Records) & Stretch
  • Keyboards: The Piano Man
  • Guitar: Eric "Kenya" Baker
  • Contains a sample from "That Girl" (Stevie Wonder; Black Bull Music/Jobete Music Co., Inc., ASCAP), as recorded by Stevie Wonder, under license from Motown Records.

Track listing[edit]

Maxi-single
  1. "So Many Tears"
  2. "So Many Tears" (Key of Z Remix)
  3. "So Many Tears" (Reminizim' Remix)
  4. "Hard to Imagine" by Dramacydal
  5. "If I Die 2Nite"
Promo single
  1. "So Many Tears"
  2. "So Many Tears" (Key of Z Remix)
  3. "So Many Tears" (Reminizm' Remix)
  4. "If I Die 2Nite"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 44
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wenner, Jan S. (2 February 1998). "Rev. of Me Against The World". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen T. "AllMusic." AllMusic. AllMusic, a Division of All Media Network, LLC., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.
  3. ^ "2Pac Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for 2Pac.
  4. ^ "2Pac Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for 2Pac.