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Life After Death (Deluxe Version)

The Notorious B.I.G.

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After the existential drama of Ready to Die not only made him a platinum seller but guaranteed his status among many hip-hoppers as the greatest MC ever, the Notorious B.I.G. followed with a star’s album. Life After Death focused as much on celebrating (“I Love the Dough”) and griping about his newfound status (“Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”) as on recalling hard earlier days. The violent details of “Kick in the Door” and “Notorious Thugs” are seen from a cinematic remove, while “What’s Beef” is mostly a pro forma boast until Biggie drops the line about killing children. A tough good humor shines through on the shaggy-dog “I Got a Story to Tell” and the rapper’s new-school redefinition of Quiet Storm (“F***in’ You Tonight”). But even with the often lush production, myriad cameos (Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim) and general air of triumph, there’s no escaping the fact of young Christopher Wallace’s murder shortly before his sophomore album’s release. In the end, an unintended eeriness carried the day, as on “Miss U,” which borrows a Diana Ross ballad to toast a dead homie: Right-hand man Diddy would repeat the formula months later with “I’ll Be Missing You,” a tribute to B.I.G. himself.

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11 x Platinum is Not Hype!

This album is amazing because rappers 1st albums are usauly amazing because they are hungry for money, and That was what Ready To Die was about, and usually the follow up is all comercial.(50 Cent; The Massacre). Yes this albums has tracks that are very commercial like "Hypnotize, Mo Money Mo Problems" but they are not sell-out records they are actually great tracks that really Shows Big's unbelievable flow. I love how he doesnt talk about being broke anymore, or selling crack. Instead he talks about Life After the streets, and the ugly gritty side of being famous. He is a brilliant story teller, thats what this album is from tracks like "Miss U to I Gotta Story To Tell". I love this album couldnt have been a better folow up to Ready To Die. 5 Stars for sure. R.I.P. B.I.G.

The Greatest Rap Album of All Time

No one does it better than Biggie Smalls and no cd in the entire history of rap is better than this one right here. Thank god iTunes finally put it on. So many memorable tracks on this one that it really is crazy to think of how many tracks Biggie could have made if he didn't pass away. Biggie R.I.P. Top 5 Songs on the best CD ever are: 1. Hypnotize 2. Mo Money Mo Problems 3. Skys the Limit 4. Going Back to Cali 5. Notorious Thugs

B.I.G at his Best

The Greatest. Thats the only way to descibe Biggie and this album. Its hard to say that this is better than Ready to Die but its has to be said. With songs like "Whats Beef?" and "Kick in the Door" are instant classics and accomplice the bonofied Puffy-produced pop hits like "Hypnotize" and "Mo Money Mo Problems". This album truely shows how crazy B.I.G could get lyriclly with songs like "Sky's the Limit" which may possibly the best song ever released by Biggie. He keeps it street and gangsta with "Somebody's Gotta Die" and "Ten Crack Commandments" but its not only the pop hits that drive this album, but how he ups the lyrical ante from Ready to Die.

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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