Under Wicks' ownership Penn Foster was one of the oldest and largest distance learning institutions in the world. Founded in 1890 by Thomas J. Foster in Scranton, Pennsylvania under the name Colliery School of Mines to educate miners and lessen the occurrence of coal mining accidents, today, Penn Foster offers high school, career and associate degree programs in online, print-based and blended formats. Its mission is to empower its students to advance or change their careers, learn a new skill, or gain personal satisfaction. The school strives to fulfill this mission by providing breadth and depth of courseware, applicable technology, and a wide array of flexible services aimed at the needs of the distance learner. More than 90 educational programs are offered in disciplines such as business, technology, and healthcare, among others. Penn Foster enrolls approximately 200,000 students each year in the . and abroad, and since its inception, has educated over 13 million students around the world.
" Dear Mama " was released as the album's first single in February 1995, along with the track "Old School" as the B-side .  It would become the album's most successful single, topping the Hot Rap Singles chart and peaking at the ninth spot on the Billboard Hot 100 .  The single was certified platinum in July 1995,  and later placed at #51 on the year-end charts . The second single, " So Many Tears ", was released in June, four months after the first single.  The single would reach number six on the Hot Rap Singles chart, and number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.  " Temptations ", released in August, was the third and final single from the album;  it would be the least successful of the three released, but still did fairly well on the charts, reaching number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 35 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks , and number 13 on the Hot Rap Singles charts.