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Duets - The Final Chapter

The Notorious B.I.G.

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Album Review

The weight of Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy is so profound that most major rap MCs and R&B singers alive — and some who are dead — are willing to be attached to it in whatever form possible. It could also be argued that anyone with the means is more than willing to profit from it in a monetary way. Here's Duets: The Final Chapter, released just before Christmas Day 2005, following 1999's Born Again, which was released just before Christmas Day 1999. Like Born Again, Duets takes bits of unused material from the late legend, and that can entail full-blown verses, looped declarations, or punctuative interjections. On some tracks, Biggie's presence is no more prominent than a handclap or a snare hit. Check the lead track "It Has Been Said," where he's limited to "what," "ungh," "yeah," "ha-ha," "uh-huh." If you can get past the fact that a lot of tracks barely feature the headliner, or listen without imagining the original contexts of the patched-together scraps, Duets can be sporadically riveting. The list of guests is overwhelming, with Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, R. Kelly, T.I., Slim Thug, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, the Clipse, Snoop Dogg, and Freeway representing roughly half of the involved. Only a few tracks contain significant Biggie contributions, and it's not as if they provide any further insight or add to his long-established legend. Many of his vocals are not pulled from professional studio-quality recordings, which only makes them sound more displaced. Perhaps Korn's Jonathan Davis put it best when he told Billboard about the project: "It's f*ckin' weird to be doing a song with someone who is deceased!" His description applies to what it's like to listen to the disc.

Customer Reviews

Screw Diddy but...

Really the songs are just remixes to his old greats but....Diddy if i ever see you in the streets i swear on my life open hand slap you straight in the face. How can you make money off your dead friend--you would be nothing without him.

Skip It

Im a great fan of BIG and loved his music and what he did for hip hop in the 90s. Im probably going to catch heat for saying this but this is a "Final Chapter" that should not have been written. If you haven't already done so go pickup "Life After Death" instead of this money grab attempt by Diddy and the Bad Boy crew. It all feels thrown together with a bunch of mixed up remixes of Biggies material with more guest appearances than I can count. Dont waste your time. The only track I still have on my iPod is "1970 Somethin".

King of Hip Hop!

This is a prime example that B.I.G. is a universal artist who's lyrics doesnt get stale. Diddy did a great job keeping biggie's vibe fresh by mixing some of his old songs with new beats. This album is obviously a compilation album and could be compared to a movie soundtrack with an array of different R&B and Hip Hop artist present on the LP (all platinum singers and songwriters). Many say that this is the best album made by biggie. I disagree but definitly one that should be in everyone's music library. Some negatives are (at least in my opinion) Diddy didnt mix some lyrics to the beat seemlessly. In 1970 Somethin' the track sounds like biggie can't stay on beat! Also, in It has been said biggie isnt even in the song! Overall a stong 5 star record. I highly recommend it to all rap consumers something for everyone North, South, East, West even a little raggae feel with suicidal thoughts ooops i mean Hold Ya Head. So sit back download and enjoy!!!

Biography

Born: May 21, 1972 in New York City, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s

In just a few short years, the Notorious B.I.G. went from a Brooklyn street hustler to the savior of East Coast hip-hop to a tragic victim of the culture of violence he depicted so realistically on his records. His all-too-brief odyssey almost immediately took on mythic proportions, especially since his murder followed the shooting of rival Tupac Shakur by only six months. In death, the man also known as Biggie Smalls became a symbol of the senseless violence that plagued inner-city America in the...
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