Catchy title, isn't it? The Re-Up was originally supposed to be an unofficial mixtape that was not to be signed to a record label or advertised but that soon changed after Eminem decided that he would sign the compilation to his own label, Shady Records, which would hopefully give newer Shady Records artists, such as Cashis, Bobby Creekwater & Stat Quo, a better chance to boost their careers and get more recognised.
The first single to be released with it's high-tech beat and Hannibal Lecter style video was 'You Don't Know' featuring Eminem, 50 Cent, Cashis & Lloyd Banks, the single wormed it's way to a lousy #32 chart position in the UK making it Eminem's lowest UK chart hit at that time. It was then later disqualified by the Official UK Charts Company due to the promotional sticker.
In 2007, new chart rules allowed the entry of You Don't Know on downloads alone although the sales were relatively low since this was several weeks after its release, thus peaking at #32 to become Eminem's lowest UK Chart hit to date and his only single in the UK not to peak inside the Top Ten. But in Europe, this song was named the second biggest song of 2006 in the Piczo Record Book, spending two weeks at number one. The second single released was 'Jimmy Crack Corn' featuring Eminem & 50 Cent. It did not even chart in the UK or the USA. The song peaked at a poor #77 on the Pop 100 chart.
The Re-Up includes production from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Rikanatti, Witt & Pep, Focus, The Alchemist, Akon, Disco D & LT Moe. In my opinion I would have to say some of the best tracks are 'We're Back', 'Everything Is Shady', 'The Re-Up', 'You Don't Know', 'Jimmy Crack Corn', 'Talkin' All That', 'By My Side', 'Get Low', 'No Apologies' & 'Billion Bucks' which is a bonus track. The Re-Up includes newer Shady Records artists such as Cashis, Bobby Creekwater & Stat Quo as well as old favourites such as Eminem, D12, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Obie Trice, Nate Dogg and the late Proof (from D12).
Thanks for taking the time to read this really long review, I hope this has helped with you're decision of whether or not to buy this great album. Overall a great buy whether you're an Eminem fan or not. So why not give it a try, eh? It really is worth the money. I tell you what, I'm glad I did...