Today in Hip Hop History: November 25, 1997
Amaru Entertainment (owned and operated by Pac’s mother) released 2Pac‘s second posthumous album, R U Still Down? (Remember Me), in 1997. The album was the first of Pac’s released to not contain any of his personal input. R U Still Down? contained verses that Pac recorded from 1991 to 1994. It contains production from Warren G, Afeni Shakur, We Got Kidz, Live Squad and several more. It also contains outside vocals from artists such as Big Syke, Dramacydal, Spice 1, Richie Rich and more.
After Pac’s unfortunate passing in 1996, Death Row Records released his first posthumous album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. After its release, Pac’s mother Afeni gained the rights to his music from both Death Row and Interscope Records, which contained several hundred tracks. Fortunately, much of the album stayed true to the original songs; that is, they only remastered and perfected the songs that were already created beforehand. Due to this, R U Still Down? remains his most true posthumous album besides The 7 Day Theory, which Pac had finished himself.
R U Still Down? contained 2 single releases: “I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto” and “Do For Love,” the latter of which has gone RIAA Certified Gold in sales. Subject matter on the album included mostly his come-up on the streets of Oakland, California, before that of his worldwide popularity and rivalries. In addition, lyrics on “Open Fire” and “Thug Style” contain hints of Pac foreshadowing his own death, as he is widely known to have done.
R U Still Down? achieved great success commercially despite being a posthumous release. The album became 4x RIAA Certified Platinum in under a month. It topped the charts for several weeks. Above all else, it gave the world more music from the hip hop legend himself, which helped alleviate the still-open wound of his death the previous year.