The Life (album)

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The Life
Ginuwine-the life.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 3, 2001
Recorded2000–2001
GenreR&B
Length68:42
LabelEpic
Producer
Ginuwine chronology
100% Ginuwine
(1999)
The Life
(2001)
The Senior
(2003)
Singles from The Life
  1. "There It Is"
    Released: January 9, 2001
  2. "Differences"
    Released: August 8, 2001
  3. "Just Because"
    Released: August 17, 2001
  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.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
NME(7/10)[6]
People(average)[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
  • 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."[8]
  • 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+ [5][9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Why Not Me"
6:11
2."There It Is"/"Interlude"
  • Harold Garvin
  • Cliff Jones
  • Lumpkin
  • Bobby Terry
  • Jerry Vines
  • Curtis Williams
  • Jones
  • Vines
5:00
3."2 Way"
  • Saadiq
  • Ginuwine
4:09
4."Differences"
  • Lumpkin
  • Oliver
Oliver4:25
5."So Fine"
  • Marcus Clinkscale
  • Garvin
  • Lumpkin
  • Terry
  • Isaac Wiley
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Vines
3:14
6."Tribute to a Woman"
  • Lumpkin
  • Oliver
  • Oliver
  • Rooney
4:59
7."Why Did You Go"/"Interlude"
  • Clinkscale
  • Garvin
  • Lumpkin
  • Terry
  • Wiley
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Vines
6:05
8."How Deep Is Your Love"
  • Loren Dawson
  • Lumpkin
Dawson4:21
9."That's How I Get Down" (featuring Ludacris)Timbaland4:13
10."Show After the Show"
  • Clinkscale
  • Garvin
  • Lumpkin
  • Terry
  • Wiley
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Vines
4:21
11."Role Play"
  • Clinkscale
  • Garvin
  • Erica Joyner
  • Lumpkin
  • Terry
  • Wiley
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Vines
3:52
12."Open Arms"
  • Dawson
  • Lumpkin
  • Oliver
  • Rooney
4:45
13."Superhuman"Diane WarrenKhris Kellow4:10
14."Two Reasons I Cry"
  • Dawson
  • Lumpkin
  • Dawson
  • Rooney
5:15
15."Just Because"
  • Lawson
  • Lumpkin
  • David Sharpe
3:42

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2012-12-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database
  3. ^ Aquallante, Dan. "THE GINUWINE ARTICLE – R&B ARTIST FACES TRAGEDY AND COMES BACK SINING". nypost.com. NYP Holdings, Inc. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Tomika (2001-04-20). "The Life Review". Entertainment Weekly: 73. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  6. ^ NME review
  7. ^ People review
  8. ^ a b "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-28.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "Ginuwine - Life CD Album". CD Universe. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  10. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ginuwine Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Year End 2001". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Ginuwine – The Life". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 5, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.