There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story

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There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story
A world leader (with a leash that holds a dog) posing inside an antique store on a planet revolving only around her.
Studio album by Remy Ma
Released February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)
Recorded 2005
Genre Gangsta rap
Label
Producer
Remy Ma chronology
There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story
(2006)
I'm Around
(2014)I'm Around2014
Singles from There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story
  1. "Whuteva"
    Released: August 2, 2005
  2. "Conceited"
    Released: December 13, 2005
  3. "Feel So Good"
    Released: April 25, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX3/5 stars[2]
PopMatters6/10 stars[3]
SpinPositive[4]

There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story is the debut studio album by American rapper Remy Ma. It was released on February 7, 2006 by SRC Records, Universal Records, and Terror Squad Entertainment. The album's release date served as the sixth anniversary of her mentor Big Pun's death. The title and cover art coincides with the 1998 film There's Something About Mary. The album sold over 35,000 copies in its first week [5] and sold over 160,000 copies solely in the United States due to the Record Label giving very little promotion which left Remy performing Indie duties on a Mainstream contract which she quickly cut short. Remy was immediately offered a fresh new deal from Capitol Records in 2007. [6]

Background[edit]

While growing up with her sister Kristin Devereaux, in Castle Hill Projects in the Bronx, New York, Remy Ma often saw the consequences and terrors of her family's drug abuse with her own eyes. She was forced to take care of her little brothers and sisters at her young age and retreated from her home issues by writing poetry. Her reputation quickly grew around the Bronx and word eventually got to the late MC Big Pun of her and her work. After one meeting and a freestyle session, Pun became her mentor.[7] Ma made her first appearances in the music industry on Big Pun's album Yeeeah Baby (under the name Remy Martin) on the tracks such as "Ms. Martin" and "You Was Wrong".[8]

Upon the death of Big Pun, rapper Fat Joe signed Smith to his imprint label under SRC and Universal and made her a member of Terror Squad. Following the success of Lean Back, which garnered Remy a Grammy nomination, Ma released three singles from her debut album There's Something About Remy, the songs "Whuteva", "Conceited" and "Feels So Good" The album moved 40,000 units in its opening week and 160,000 units within the first year. The album received good reviews from XXL Magazine with XL to Rolling Stone and Vibe Magazine despite its low sales.[citation needed] Remy was frustrated at the way the album was being promoted by Universal and how the label wasn't releasing the right singles. With the solo albums lackluster debut, Smith decided to end her relationship with Fat Joe and the Terror Squad, breaking her deal with SRC/Universal in the process.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, called "Whuteva" was released on August 2, 2005. The song peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, number 12 on the Hot Rap Songs, and number 79 on the Top R&B Songs. In December 2006, the music video was added to her Official YouTube account.

The album's second single, called "Conceited" was released on December 13, 2005. The song peaked at number 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, number 17 on the Hot Rap Tracks, and number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video premiered on January 7, 2006 on VH1.

The album's third single, "Feel So Good" was released on April 25, 2006. The song features a guest appearance from American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. The song peaked at number 101 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with no promotion. The visual was scheduled to film in Dominican Republic but never resumed due to Remy completely shutting down all disagreements and dehumanizing staff with brutal verbal confrontations that ultimately lead her to cut ties ending all business deals with both Record Labels.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Pun's Words"  0:40
2."She's Gone"R. Smith, A. BestBuckwild2:54
3."Lights, Camera, Action"R. Smith, A. Aguilar, M. ShemerAgallah, Scram Jones3:23
4."Tight" (featuring Fat Joe)R. Smith, A. Lyon, J. Cartagena, M. ValenzanoCool & Dre4:21
5."Whuteva"R. Smith, K. DeanSwizz Beatz3:46
6."Conceited Messages (skit)" (featuring Roc Raida)  1:46
7."Conceited (There's Something About Remy)"R. Smith, S. StorchScott Storch3:39
8."Feel So Good" (featuring Ne-Yo)R. Smith, J. Foster, L. Coppin, S. SmithKnobody, LV4:02
9."I'm"R. Smith, L. CrumpDavid Banner4:07
10."Thug Love" (featuring Big Pun)R. Smith, A. Maman, C. RiosThe Alchemist3:58
11."Secret Location"R. Smith, Y. RamirezJ-Notes3:38
12."In-Da-Street (skit)" (featuring Roc Raida)  0:16
13."Bilingual" (featuring Ivy Queen)R. Smith, M. Pesante, L. CoppinLV4:03
14."Conscience (skit)" (featuring Roc Raida and Wize G)  0:58
15."Guilty"R. Smith, D. MatthewsSean C. "Seancane"2:57
16."Crazy"R. Smith, E. Haynie, A. ThiamEmile4:02
17."What's Going On" (featuring Keyshia Cole)R. Smith, C. Harris, C. Ortiz, D. Matthews, J. DaviChe Harris3:55
18."Still"R. Smith, A. Lyon, M. ValenzanoCool & Dre5:02

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 33
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 7
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[9] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ HipHopDX review
  3. ^ PopMatters review
  4. ^ Spin review
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  6. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (June 9, 2007). "A Bad Rap? Facing Declining Sales and Limited Opportunities, the Female Hip-Hop Industry Ponders Its Future". Billboard. 
  7. ^ "Remy Ma Biography". Sing365.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Yeeeah Baby: Big Pun: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  9. ^ a b c "Artist Chart History - Remy Ma - Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-04-10.