The Life (album)

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The Life
Ginuwine-the life.jpg
Studio album by Ginuwine
Released April 3, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre R&B
Length 1:08:42
Label Epic
Ginuwine chronology
100% Ginuwine
(1999)100% Ginuwine1999
The Life
The Senior
(2003)The Senior2003
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.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
NME (7/10)[6]
People (average)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 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. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Why Not Me"   Troy Oliver & Cory Rooney 4:27
2. "There It Is"   Big Dog Productions Inc. 5:00
3. "2 Way"   Raphael Saadiq & Ginuwine 4:09
4. "Differences" Elgin Lumpkin Troy Oliver 4:25
5. "So Fine"   Big Dog Productions Inc. 3:14
6. "Tribute to a Woman"   Troy Oliver & Cory Rooney 4:59
7. "Why Did You Go"   Big Dog Productions Inc. 6:05
8. "How Deep Is Your Love"   Loren Dawson 4:21
9. "That's How I Get Down" (featuring Ludacris)   Timbaland 4:13
10. "Show After the Show"   Big Dog Productions Inc. 4:21
11. "Role Play"   Big Dog Productions Inc. 3:52
12. "Open Arms"   Troy Oliver, Cory Rooney & Dan Shea 4:45
13. "Superhuman" Diane Warren Khris Kellow 4:10
14. "Two Reasons I Cry"   Loren Dawson & Cory Rooney 5:15
15. "Just Because"   Ric Wake, Richie Jones & Greg Lawson 3:42
Total length: 00:00