RIAA Combo Platinum Award for 2Pac/Jon B. track "Are U Still Down/They Don't Know" and Cool Relax album presented to Tupac Shakur. The single "Are U Still Down", by Jon B. featuring 2Pac was released on Jan. 2, 1998 and was certified Platinum for one million copies sold by the RIAA on June 22, 1998. The Cool Relax album on which the track appeared was released on Sept. 8, 1997 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on July 15, 1998.
The album and track featuring the hit track by singer/songwriter Jon B. featuring rap by Tupac Shakir was actually recorded only weeks prior to Shakir's untimely death, and is said to be the final rap recorded by the artist. Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur, gave Jon B. permission to use his rap vocals in the song. The track went to #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and #29 on the Hot 100. The album also featured the hits "They Don't Know" (which hit #7 on the Hot 100) and "Don't Say". See image above for RIAA sales certifications of the single and album*.
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- RIAA Combo Platinum single and album award
- In Excellent condition
- First presentation award made in 1998
- Presented to Tupac Shakur
- Has new frame with all original inner components
- Known as a "RIAA bar hologram" award with a serial number hologram, they were made from 1998 to present
- Award measures approx. 21" x 17”
- Great collectors item for any Tupac Shakur/2Pac fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Combo Album/Single Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1998 making it 25 years old. It is presented to Tupac Shakur, who appears on the album.
This award is in Excellent condition with only very minor mars on its' plexiglass. All internals of the award are original, from the plexiglass to the shadow box-style brown felt matting but it has been reframed with a frame almost identical to the original due to a scratched face on the original frame. The original frame can be included with purchase upon request.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com