How Do U Want It

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"How Do U Want It"
How Do U Want It.jpeg
Single by 2Pac featuring K-Ci & JoJo
from the album All Eyez on Me
B-side"Hit 'Em Up"
ReleasedJune 4, 1996
  • 4:47 (album version)
  • 3:59 (radio edit)
Producer(s)Johnny "J"
2Pac singles chronology
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
"How Do U Want It"
"I Ain't Mad at Cha"
K-Ci & JoJo singles chronology
"If You Think You're Lonely Now"
"How Do You Want It"
"How Could You"
Music video
"How Do U Want It" on YouTube

"How Do U Want It" is a song by American hip hop artist 2Pac. It was released in June 1996 as the third single from his album All Eyez on Me. This was his final single, along with "Hit 'Em Up", to be released during his lifetime. The song features R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, who at the time were best known as the lead singers of Jodeci. It was a double A-side single to "California Love" in the United States, and reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 in the UK in 1996.

The track samples Quincy Jones's "Body Heat" (1974), and includes a diss of noted gangsta rap critic C. Delores Tucker. The concert/clean version's third verse completely differs to the version found on the album.[1] The song appeared in the 1997 film Gang Related (2Pac's final film performance prior to his death) and the 2002 film Friday After Next.

"How Do U Want It" was nominated at the 1997 Grammy Awards for 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 music ratings (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 without 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"


Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 24
Canada (RPM)[4] 14
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 19
France (SNEP)[6] 35
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 2
Italy (FIMI)[8] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 37
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[11] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[12] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 1
US Hot Rap Singles (Billboard)[4] 1
Chart (1997) Position
Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[15] 14

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 17


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 5,000*
United States (RIAA)[21] 2× Platinum 2,000,000[20]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Albums with the song[edit]

See also[edit]

Hot 100 number-one hits of 1996 (USA)


  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. ^ " – 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. ^ " – 2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  7. ^ " – 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. ^ " – 2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It". Singles Top 100. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  10. ^ " – 2 Pac feat. KC and JoJo – How Do U Want It". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  13. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  14. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  15. ^ "2Pac Chart History (Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "End of Year Charts 1996". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2020-09-03.
  19. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – 2Pac – How Do You Want It?". Recorded Music NZ.
  20. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  21. ^ "American single certifications – 2 Pac – How Do U Want It/California Love". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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