The Realness

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The Realness
Studio album by Cormega
Released July 22, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Hip hop
Label Legal Hustle/LandSpeed Records
Producer artist
Big Ty
Jae Supreme
Spank Brother
Sha Money XL
Godfather Don
Spunk Bigga
The Alchemist
Cormega chronology
The Realness
The True Meaning
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link 4/5 stars link 3.5/5 stars link

The Realness is the debut studio album by Queensbridge rapper Cormega.

Cormega rose to fame in the mid-90s as an original member of The Firm crew, along with Nas, AZ and Foxy Brown, appearing on the song "Affirmative Action" from the Nas album It Was Written. After being booted from the group, Cormega signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings, and recorded The Testament. The album was shelved, and Cormega was dropped from label, joining LandSpeed Records for his first official release. The Realness was re-released in 2007 with The True Meaning, Cormega's second album, from 2002, in a double special-edition package.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Dramatic Entrance" C. McKay J-Love Cormega
2 "American Beauty" C. McKay Cormega Cormega
3 "Thun & Kicko" C. McKay, A. Johnson, K. Muchita Havoc Cormega, Prodigy
4 "The Saga" C. McKay Big Ty Cormega
5 "R U My Nigga?" C. McKay Jae Supreme Cormega
6 "Unforgiven" C. McKay Spank Brother Cormega
7 "Fallen Soldiers" C. McKay J-Love Cormega
8 "Glory Days" C. McKay Jae Supreme Cormega
9 "Rap's a Hustle" C. McKay Ayatollah Cormega
10 "Get Out My Way" C. McKay Sha Money XL Cormega
11 "You Don't Want It" C. McKay Godfather Don Cormega
12 "5 for 40 (A capella)" C. McKay Cormega
13 "They Forced My Hand" C. McKay Spunk Bigga Cormega, Tragedy Khadafi
14 "Fallen Soldiers (Remix)" C. McKay The Alchemist Cormega
15 Killaz Theme II (Hidden Track) C. McKay, K. Muchita, A. Johnson Havoc Cormega, Mobb Deep


American Beauty

R U My Nigga?

  • "Night Moves" by Frank McDonald


Rap's a Hustle

Fallen Soldiers

They Forced My Hand

Glory Days

You Don't Want It

Fallen Soldiers (Remix)

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"You Don't Want It"
  • Released: 2000
  • B-side: "Take Mine" & "Killaz Theme"
"Get Out My Way"
  • Released: September 25, 2001
  • B-side: "R U My Nigga?"


Chart (2001) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 111
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[2] 24
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[3] 4