Shaq Fu: Da Return

Shaq Fu: Da Return is the second studio album released by Shaquille O'Neal. It was released on November 8, 1994 for Jive Records and featured production from Redman, Erick Sermon, Def Jef and Warren G. The album was not as successful as his previous album, but it still found decent success, peaking at number 67 on the Billboard 200 and number 19 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Shaq Fu: Da Return
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 1994
Recorded1993 - 1994
GenreHip hop
Length43:04
LabelJive Records
ProducerRZA, Redman, Erick Sermon, Warren G, Def Jef, The LG Experience, LoRider, Chyskillz, Meech
Shaquille O'Neal chronology
Shaq Diesel
(1993)
Shaq Fu: Da Return
(1994)
You Can't Stop the Reign
(1996)
Singles from Shaq Fu: Da Return
  1. "Biological Didn't Bother"
    Released: October 17, 1994
  2. "No Hook"
    Released: February 6, 1995

It also spawned two singles, "Biological Didn't Bother" (which discusses O'Neal's estrangement from his biological father, with whom he has expressed no desire for reconciliation) and "No Hook" which featured Wu-Tang Clan members, Method Man and RZA. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.[1] The kanji —meaning 'wind'—is used on the cover, which can be pronounced as 'fu' in Japanese. It has no relation to the 'fu' () in 'kung fu' (功夫) of which the album references its name.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]

In a review for AllMusic, JT Griffith called the album "a solid (but not outstanding) rap CD that takes another step forward in that no-man's land between legitimacy and novelty act."[2]

Track listing

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."No Hook" (feat. Method Man & RZA)RZA3:17
2."Newark to C.I." (feat. Keith Murray)Redman3:57
3."Biological Didn't Bother (G-Funk Version)"Warren G5:07
4."My Dear" (feat. Warren G)Warren G3:42
5."Shaq's Got It Made"Erick Sermon, Redman3:57
6."Mic Check 1-2" (feat. Ill Al Skratch)The LG Experience, LoRider3:47
7."My Style, My Stelo" (feat. Redman & Erick Sermon)Erick Sermon3:41
8."(So U Wanna Be) Hardcore"Chyskillz4:17
9."Nobody"Erick Sermon3:48
10."Freaky Flow" (feat. General Sha & Mr. Ruffneck)Chyskillz3:43
11."Biological Didn't Bother (Original Flow)"The LG Experience, LoRider4:38

Certifications

Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. "American album certifications – Shaquille – Shaq-Fu". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  2. Griffith, JT. "Shaq-Fu: Da Return - Shaquille O'Neal". AllMusic. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  3. "American album certifications – Shaquille O'Neal – Shaq-Fu: Da Return". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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