The Life (album)

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The Life
Studio album by Ginuwine
Released April 3, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre R&B
Length 1:08:42
Label Epic
Ginuwine chronology
100% Ginuwine
The Life
The Senior
Singles from The Life
  1. "There It Is"
    Released: January 9, 2001
  2. "Just Because"
    Released: August 17, 2001
  3. "Differences"
    Released: January 8, 2002
  4. "Tribute to a Woman"
    Released: May 7, 2002

The Life is the third studio album from American R&B singer Ginuwine, released on Epic Records in 2001. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 152,000 copies sold in the U.S. and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[1][2] It also spawned a top 5 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Differences". The Life was the first Ginuwine LP not to be primarily produced by Timbaland, who only produced one track, "That's How I Get Down". The song "Two Reasons I Cry" is dedicated to the memory of Ginuwine's parents, who both died a year before the album was released. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
NME (7/10)[5]
People (average)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
  • Rolling Stone (5/10/01, p. 88) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "As a showman, performer and personality, Ginuwine's the real thing....The Life is all naughty, disposable high points."[7]
  • Entertainment Weekly (4/20/01, p. 73) - "[He] reveals a softer, more vulnerable side....When he balances his Romeo routine with a funky club vibe Life gets really good." - Rating: B+ [4][8]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Featured Guest(s) Producer(s)
1 "Why Not Me" 4:27 Troy Oliver & Cory Rooney
2 "There It Is" 5:00 Mint Condition Big Dog Productions Inc.
3 "2 Way" 4:09 Raphael Saadiq & Ginuwine
4 "Differences" 4:25 Troy Oliver
5 "So Fine" 3:14 Big Dog Productions Inc.
6 "Tribute to a Woman" 4:59 Troy Oliver & Cory Rooney
7 "Why Did You Go" 6:05 Big Dog Productions Inc.
8 "How Deep Is Your Love" 4:21 Loren Dawson
9 "That's How I Get Down" 4:13 Ludacris Timbaland
10 "Show After the Show" 4:21 Big Dog Productions Inc.
11 "Role Play" 3:52 Big Dog Productions Inc.
12 "Open Arms" 4:45 Troy Oliver, Cory Rooney & Dan Shea
13 "Superhuman" 4:10 Khris Kellow
14 "Two Reasons I Cry" 5:15 Loren Dawson & Cory Rooney
15 "Just Because" 3:42 Ric Wake, additional production by Richie Jones & Greg Lawson
* "Give It Up" [Japan Bonus Track]
* "Fix It" [Japan Bonus Track]
* bonus track