Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death (CD)
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- East Coast Rap
- Number of Discs
- Life After Death [PA]
- The Notorious B.I.G.
Personnel includes: The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, The Lox, Too Short, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Lil' Kim, Puff Daddy (rap vocals); Daron Jones (vocals, various instruments); 112, R. Kelly, Carl Thomas, Angela Winbush, Quinnes Parker, Michael Keith, Marvin Scandrick (vocals); Carlos "July Six" Broady, Stevie J., Paragon (various instruments); Deric "D-dot" Angelettie (programming); Faith Evans, Pam Long, Kelly Price, Keanna Henson, Karen Anderson, Deborah "Portia" Neeley Rolle, Michael Keith, Marvin Scandrick (background vocals); Ron Grant & Friends.
Producers include: Sean "Puffy" Combs, Stevie J., Easy Mo Bee, Daron Jones, Kay-Gee, RZA, Buck-Wild, DJ Premier, Havoc, Clark Kent.
LIFE AFTER DEATH was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Hypnotize" was nominated for a 1988 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. "Mo Money Mo Problems" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: The Notorious B.I.G. (background vocals); Quinnes Parker, Daron Jones, Marvin Scandrick, Michael Keith (vocals, background vocals); Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Carl Thomas (vocals); Michael Ciro (guitar); Faith Evans, Deborah "Portia" Neeley Rolle, Karen Anderson, Keanna Henson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Eddie Sancho ; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Lane Craven; Michael Patterson ; Paul Logus; Richard Travali; Sean "Puffy" Combs; Tony Maserati.
Liner Note Author: The Notorious B.I.G.
Recording information: Caribbean Sound Basin, Trinidad; Daddy's House Recording Studios, New York, NY; NRG Recordings, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Michael Lavine.
The double-CD LIFE AFTER DEATH arrives in stores, ironically and tragically, less than three weeks after the Notorious B.I.G. was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Biggie Smalls, as he was known, quickly became one of rap's most respected MCs after the 1994 release of his debut album, READY TO DIE. His music sparked the comeback of East Coast hip-hop, while his very being added fire to rap's over-publicized East-West rivalry. For some (see "Playa Hater"), Biggie's success was too much to handle, and he became a primary target in hip-hop's continuing feud. Never feeding into that war on wax, B.I.G. chose to remain silent, until LIFE AFTER DEATH became a reality, and the situation spoke for itself.
Although song titles like "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)" eerily mirror the real-life tragedy, the music on LIFE AFTER DEATH serves to bring the Notorious B.I.G. back to life. As anything that he appeared on, the production (by a superstar conglomerate including Sean "Puffy" Combs and the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA) is top-notch, and his lyrical skills are razor sharp. Biggie was loved for his versatility. On "Notorious Thugs," he switches up his style to rhyme like a member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Tracks like "Hypnotize" showcase his ability to be hardcore and commercial at the same time. Another talented rapper lost to senseless violence; B.I.G.'s winning album streak will, sadly, have to end here.
- Country of Origin
- Bad Boy Entertainment
- WEA (Distributor)
- Mono / Stereo
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Life After Death Intro
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Somebody's Gotta Die
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Hypnotize
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Kick in the Door
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] #! *@ You Tonight - (featuring R. Kelly)
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Last Day - (featuring The LOX)
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I Love the Dough - (featuring Jay-Z/Angela Winbush)
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] What's Beef?
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] B.I.G. Interlude
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Mo Money Mo Problems - (featuring Mase/Puff Daddy)
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Niggas Bleed
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I Got a Story to Tell
- [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Notorious Thugs
- [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Miss U
- [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Another - (featuring Lil' Kim)
- [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Going Back to Cali
- [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Ten Crack Commandments
- [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Playa Hater
- [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Nasty Boy
- [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] Sky's the Limit
- [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] World Is Filled..., The - (featuring Too $hort/Puff Daddy)
- [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] My Downfall - (featuring DMC)
- [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Long Kiss Goodnight
- [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
- Studio / Live
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.77) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (5/1/97, pp.49-50) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...a worthy and more mature, if less uniformly spectacular, successor to his 1994 debut....there's considerable pleasure and fun to be had when an artist feels free to stretch out and try anything, and those pleasures are available in abundance on LIFE AFTER DEATH..."
Spin (1/98, p.86) - Ranked #7 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."
Q (1/98, p.113) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
Vibe (5/97, p.111) - "...LIFE AFTER DEATH truly rises, though, when Biggie is full control; he tells tales like a true alum of those hard-to-creep Brooklyn streets....LIFE AFTER DEATH is an olive branch to his divided kingdom....Long live the king!"
The Source (5/97, p.79) - 5 Mics (out of 5) - "...Big documented the illmatic mean streets of his Bedford Stuyvesant stomping grounds....LIFE AFTER DEATH's finest moments are the instantly catchy, future-radio-favorites....Big's potent verses of violent death became a self-prophecy indeed."
Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #13 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
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- Manny Marroquin; Lynn Montrose; Rasheed Goodlowe; Steve Jones; Doug Wilson; Diana Pedraza; Camilo Argumedes; "Prince Charles" Alexander; Rich July; Stephen Dent; Ben Garrison; John Meredith; Lane Craven; Michael Patterson; Axel Niehaus
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