Life After Death (Explicit Version) CD (1997)

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by kevin5@hotmail.com on 6/10/1999

To bad you couldn't use your powers for good instead of for evil. You're still the best rapper of the 90's like Run/DMC of the 80's. We miss you. Read More

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Good!! But Nothing Ground Breaking,

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Biggie is good rapper no doubt about it, but th G.O.A.T not even close. People in my school get angry if you don't worship this guy or Tupac. I just tell them to listen to Gza,Ghostface,Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Az,Nas,Big L Rakim and Alice Cooper. They realize just because the media doesn't big these other rappers up doesn't their aren't some of the best. Also Big Pun would Lyrically destroy Biggie. The guy is still good just not the best. Read More

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Bmg/arista/bad Boy Entertainme
SKU 60163373
UPC 786127301120
UPC 14 00786127301120
Format CD
Release Date 3/25/1997
Links
Author Notorious B.I.G.
Compilation Appearance Show (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 112
Compilation Appearance Vol. 4-Jock Jams
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Wu-Chronicles (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reasonable Doubt (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2.1 (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Resurrection (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Bone Thugs N Harmony's Greatest Hits:
Compilation Appearance Ridin' High(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Definition Of Real(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Train To Paris(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Southpaw (ost)
Compilation Appearance Southpaw (ost)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 4-60 Minutes Of Funk (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Legendary Classics(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work 112
Associated Artist/Work 2Pac
Associated Artist/Work Jagged Edge
Associated Artist/Work Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Associated Artist/Work Total
Associated Artist/Work Total (R&B)
Associated Artist/Work Trapp
Associated Artist/Work Tupac
Artist Influence Biz Markie
Artist Influence Chubb Rock
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Gang Starr
Artist Influence Geto Boys
Artist Influence Ice Cube
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence LL Cool J
Artist Influence Red Hot Lover Tone
Artist Influence Scarface
Artist Influence Schoolly D
Artist Influence Slick Rick
Artist Contemporary 2Pac
Artist Contemporary 8Ball and MJG
Artist Contemporary AZ
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
Artist Contemporary Big Mike
Artist Contemporary Big Punisher
Artist Contemporary Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Artist Contemporary Busta Rhymes
Artist Contemporary Cam'ron
Artist Contemporary Canibus
Artist Contemporary Capone-N-Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Craig Mack
Artist Contemporary Foxy Brown (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Jay-Z
Artist Contemporary Lil' Kim
Artist Contemporary Mase
Artist Contemporary Mic Geronimo
Artist Contemporary Mobb Deep
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Sporty Thievz
Artist Contemporary The LOX
Artist Follower 50 Cent
Artist Follower Big Punisher
Artist Follower Black Rob
Artist Follower Eminem
Artist Follower Faith Evans
Artist Follower Foxy Brown (Rap)
Artist Follower Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Artist Follower Lil' Cease
Artist Follower Lil' Kim
Artist Follower Mase
Artist Follower Miguel (R&B)
Artist Follower Shyne
Technical Info
Engineer 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
CatalogID 8612730112
Lable Name Bad Boy Entertainment
Released 05/03/2005
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 109m : 11s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00786127301120
Musical Guests
R. Kelly
Lil' Kim
Jay-Z
DMC
Angela Winbush
Too $hort
Mase
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
The Lox
112
Puff Daddy
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Artist Overview
In just a few 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. The aura of martyrdom that surrounds the MC sometimes threatens to overshadow his significant musical legacy. Helped by Sean "Puffy" Combs' radio-friendly sensibility, Biggie reestablished East Coast rap's viability by leading it into the post-Dr. Dre gangsta age. A gifted storyteller, his narratives about the streets were rarely romanticized; instead, they were told with a gritty realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. ~ Steve Huey
Professional Reviews
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.
Disc 1
1 Life After Death Intro,Notorious Thugs
2 Somebody's Gotta Die,Miss U
3 Hypnotize,Another - (featuring Lil' Kim)
4 Kick In The Door,Going Back To Cali
5 #!*@ You Tonight - (featuring R. Kelly),Ten Crack Commandments
6 Last Day - (featuring The Lox),Playa Hater
7 I Love The Dough - (featuring Jay-Z/Angela Winbush),Nasty Boy
8 What's Beef?,Sky's The Limit
9 B.I.G. Interlude,World Is Filled..., The - (featuring Too Short/Puff Daddy)
10 Mo Money Mo Problems - (featuring Mase/Puff Daddy),My Downfall - (featuring DMC)
11 Niggas Bleed,Long Kiss Goodnight
12 I Got A Story To Tell,You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
Disc 2
1 Life After Death Intro,Notorious Thugs
2 Somebody's Gotta Die,Miss U
3 Hypnotize,Another - (featuring Lil' Kim)
4 Kick In The Door,Going Back To Cali
5 #!*@ You Tonight - (featuring R. Kelly),Ten Crack Commandments
6 Last Day - (featuring The Lox),Playa Hater
7 I Love The Dough - (featuring Jay-Z/Angela Winbush),Nasty Boy
8 What's Beef?,Sky's The Limit
9 B.I.G. Interlude,World Is Filled..., The - (featuring Too Short/Puff Daddy)
10 Mo Money Mo Problems - (featuring Mase/Puff Daddy),My Downfall - (featuring DMC)
11 Niggas Bleed,Long Kiss Goodnight
12 I Got A Story To Tell,You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)

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