Still I Rise (album)

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Still I Rise
Studio album by 2Pac + Outlawz
Released December 13, 1999 United Kingdom
December 21, 1999 United States
Recorded 1995-1996
(2Pac's vocals)

1998-1999
(Production, guest vocals, and mixing)
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 72:45
Label Amaru, Death Row, Interscope
Producer Tony Pizarro, Daz, Johnny "J", Kurupt, QDIII, Quimmy Quim, Soulshock, Damon Thomas, 2Pac, Mr Lee (producer)
2Pac chronology
Greatest Hits
(1998)
Still I Rise
(1999)
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
(2000)
Outlawz chronology
Still I Rise
(1999)
Ride wit Us or Collide wit Us
(2000)
Singles from Still I Rise
  1. "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)"
    Released: October 28, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [2]
RapReviews (6/10) [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars [4]
Uncut 3/5 stars [5]

Still I Rise is an album by 2Pac + Outlawz which is released as the third posthumous studio album of 2Pac, and the first album by Outlawz as a group (not to be confused with their debut Ride wit Us or Collide wit Us). The album excludes some of the original line up of Outlawz and Hussein Fatal, who had left the group as he had refused to sign to Death Row[6] The album contains all previously unreleased, albeit remixed material. It was released on December 21, 1999, by Interscope Records, under the Death Row label.

The album features production from 2Pac's close producers Tony Pizarro, Johnny "J" and QDIII and appearances from Big Syke and Nate Dogg.

Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya' Head Up II) which features female group H.E.A.T. was the only single from the album.

The song "Letter to the President" featured in the film "Training Day" (2001) which Rate Your Music ranked the song at 150th on their list of The 200 Best Hip Hop Songs Of All Time.[7]

Commercial success[edit]

The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 408,000 in the first week.[8] It was certified platinum Feburay 02, 2000.[9] It eventually sold 1,692,316 by 2011, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[10]

By Feb 10, 2000 it had been certified for 50,000 units sold in Canada.[11] On 14 March 2014 it was certified Gold by BPI for 100,000 units sold in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer Performers Time
1 "Letter to the President" QD III
  • Intro: E.D.I. Mean
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Chorus: 2Pac & C-Knight
  • Second verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Chorus: E.D.I. Mean & C-Knight
  • Third Verse: Kastro
  • Fourth Verse: 2Pac
  • Fifth verse: Big Syke
  • Outro: 2Pac & C-Knight
6:03
2 "Still I Rise" Johnny J 4:45
3 "Secretz of War" Johnny J
  • Chorus: E.D.I. Mean
  • First verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Second verse: 2Pac
  • Third verse: Yaki Kadafi
  • Fourth verse: Young Noble
4:15
4 "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" 2Pac, Soulshock & Karlin
  • Intro: 2Pac
  • Chorus: 2Pac, H.E.A.T. (back)
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Second verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Third verse: Young Noble
4:22
5 "As the World Turns" Darryl "Big D" Harper
  • Intro: 2Pac
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Chorus: Darryl "Big D" Harper, 2Pac (back)
  • Second verse: Young Noble
  • Third verse: Napoleon
  • Fourth verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Fifth verse: Yaki Kadafi
5:08
6 "Black Jesuz" 2Pac, L Rock Ya, Mr Lee (producer) 4:29
7 "Homeboyz" Daz Dillinger
  • Intro: 2Pac
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Second verse: Young Noble
  • Chorus: 2Pac
  • Third verse: 2Pac
3:38
8 "Hell 4 a Hustler" Damon Thomas
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Chorus: Outlawz, J. Valentine (Back)
  • Second verse: E.D.I. Mean, Young Noble
  • Third verse: 2Pac
  • Outro: 2Pac
4:56
9 "High Speed" Darryl "Big D" Harper
  • Intro: Kastro, 2Pac
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Fourth verse: 2Pac
  • Second verse: Yaki Kadafi
  • Third verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Outro: 2Pac, E.D.I. Mean
5:59
10 "The Good Die Young" Darryl "Big D" Harper
  • Intro: 2Pac
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Chorus: Val Young
  • Second verse: Napoleon
  • Third verse: Young Noble
  • Fourth verse: Kastro
  • Fifth verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Outro: 2Pac, Young Noble
5:42
11 "Killuminati" Tony Pizarro
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Chorus: 2Pac, Kastro, Qierra Davis-Martin (harmony)
  • Second verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Third Verse: Yaki Kadafi
  • Outro: 2Pac
4:02
12 "Teardrops and Closed Caskets" QD III
  • Intro: 2Pac
  • First verse: Outlawz
  • Chorus: Nate Dogg, Val Young
  • Second verse: Outlawz
  • Third verse: Outlawz
5:05
13 "Tattoo Tears" Kurupt, E.D.I. Mean
  • Intro: 2Pac
  • First verse: 2Pac
  • Chorus: Outlawz
  • Second verse: Young Noble
  • Third verse: Napoleon
  • Fourth verse: Yaki Kadafi
  • Fifth verse: Kastro
5:02
14 "U Can Be Touched" Johnny J
  • Intro: Napoleon
  • First verse: Napoleon
  • Chorus: 2Pac
  • Second verse: E.D.I. Mean
  • Third verse: Kastro
  • Fourth Verse: Young Noble
  • Fifth verse: Yaki Kadafi
4:23
15 "Y'all Don't Know Us" Quimmy Quim & Reef
  • Intro: Young Noble
  • First verse: Young Noble
  • Chorus: Young Noble
  • Second verse: Napoleon
  • Third verse: E.D.I. Mean
4:55

Leftovers[edit]

  • "U Can Be Touched" (Premix)
  • "Secrets Of War" (Premix)

Samples[edit]

  • "As the World Turns"
    • "Sounds Like a Love Song" by Bobby Glenn
  • "Teardrops and Closed Caskets"

Chart history[edit]

Album
Chart (2000) Peak
position
Austrian Charts 48[12]
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 9[13]
German Charts 24[14]
Dutch Charts 24[15]
Irish Charts 50[16]
New Zealand Charts 49[17]
Swedish Charts 86[18]
U.S. Billboard 200 6[19]
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 2[19]
UK Charts 75[20]
Singles
Year Song Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
1999 "Baby Don't Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II)" 72 36

References[edit]

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