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 woman (with a leash that holds a dog) bending in front of an antique store.
Studio album by Remy Ma
Released February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Hip hop
Label
Producer
Remy Ma chronology
Most Anticipated
(2005)
There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story
(2006)
The BX-Files
(2007)
Singles from There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story
  1. "Whuteva"
    Released: August 2, 2005
  2. "Conceited (There's Something About Remy)"
    Released: December 13, 2005
  3. "Feels So Good"
    Released: April 25, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Spin 3/5 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine B−[5]
Vibe 4/5 stars[6]

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 was serve as the sixth anniversary of her former mentor Big Pun's death. The title and cover art is a reference to the 1998's film There's Something About Mary. The album sold 35,000 its first week [7] and sold a total 160,000 copies in the United States[8]

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.[9] 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".[10]

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 premiered via YouTube.

The album's second single, called "Conceited (There's Something About Remy)" 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, "Feels 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.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Pun's Words"     0:40
2. "She's Gone" R. Smith, A. Best Buckwild 2:54
3. "Lights, Camera, Action" R. Smith, A. Aguilar, M. Shemer Agallah, Scram Jones 3:23
4. "Tight" (featuring Fat Joe) R. Smith, A. Lyon, J. Cartagena, M. Valenzano Cool & Dre 4:21
5. "Whuteva" R. Smith, K. Dean Swizz Beatz 3:46
6. "Conceited Messages (skit)" (featuring Roc Raida)     1:46
7. "Conceited (There's Something About Remy)" R. Smith, S. Storch Scott Storch 3:39
8. "Feels So Good" (featuring Ne-Yo) R. Smith, J. Foster, L. Coppin, S. Smith Knobody, LV 4:02
9. "I'm" R. Smith, L. Crump David Banner 4:07
10. "Thug Love" (featuring Big Pun) R. Smith, A. Maman, C. Rios The Alchemist 3:58
11. "Secret Location" R. Smith, Y. Ramirez J-Notes 3:38
12. "In-Da-Street (skit)" (featuring Roc Raida)     0:16
13. "Bilingual" (featuring Ivy Queen) R. Smith, M. Pesante, L. Coppin LV 4:03
14. "Conscience (skit)" (featuring Roc Raida and Wize G)     0:58
15. "Guilty" R. Smith, D. Matthews Sean C. "Seancane" 2:57
16. "Crazy" R. Smith, E. Haynie, A. Thiam Emile 4:02
17. "What's Going On" (featuring Keyshia Cole) R. Smith, C. Harris, C. Ortiz, D. Matthews, J. Davi Che Harris 3:55
18. "Still" R. Smith, A. Lyon, M. Valenzano Cool & Dre 5:02

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 33
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 7
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[11] 2

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