Duets:final Chapter CD (2005)

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Over two years in the making, The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter features rhymes recorded by B.I.G. throughout his career, melded with newly recorded performances by some of contemporary music's greatest vocalists and MCs. Dozens of superstars have come together to perform with and pay homage to the legendary rapper on this unprecedented, history-making release. In addition, The Final Chapter incorporates posthumous appearances by 2Pac, Bob Marley, and Big Pun.

The music tracks are all brand-new, created by many of the industry's top producers, including: Eminem, Swizz Beatz, Danja, Timbaland, Jazze Pha, Sean C "Sean Cane," Sean "Diddy" Combs, LV, Coptic, Lesette Wilson, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Just Blaze, Havoc, Stevie J, D. Dot, Reefa, Mike "Suga Mike" Allen, Mario Winans, J-Dub, Scott Storch, DJ Green Lantern, Clinton Sparks, Jonathan Davis, and Atticus Roff.


Label Bad Boy Records
SKU 202025651
UPC 075678388521
UPC 14 00075678388521
Format CD
Release Date 12/20/2005
Author Notorious B.i.g.
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 Matoma
Associated Artist/Work Total
Associated Artist/Work Total (R&B)
Associated Artist/Work Trapp
Associated Artist/Work Tupac
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Hyman; David Frederic; Ryan West; Corte Ellis; Jaymz Hardy Martin III; Andrew Dawson; Eric Vargas; Jason Carson; Tony Campana; Victor Abijaudi; Mr. Rogers; John Bedo; Bryan Ellis; King James II; Steve Fisher; Juelz Venguer; Nate Oberman; Ruben "Swift
Producer Eminem; Swizz Beatz; Sean Cane; Faith Evans; Andre Harris; Vidal Davis; Jazze Pha; Just Blaze; Havoc; Scott Spencer Storch; Clinton Sparks; Scram Jones; Jonathan Davis; Harve Pierre; Danja Mowf; Wayne Barrow; Luis Resto; Mario Winans; Atticus Ross; DJ Gre
CatalogID 7567838852
Lable Name Bad Boy Entertainment
Released 12/20/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678388521
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Makeba Riddick, T Yanna Dream Wallace, Capricorn Clark, Ebony Black, Voletta Wallace, Karen Anderson (vocals); Steve King (guitar); Luis Resto (keyboards); Atticus Ross (programming); DJ Scram Jones (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Eminem; Glen Marchese; Steve King ; Marcella Araica; Kevin Wilson; Rich Keller; Steve Sola; Terry Date; Tony Dofat; Tony Maserati ; Leslie Brathwaite.
Liner Note Author: Voletta Wallace.
Recording information: 54 Sound, Detroit, MI; Backroom, Glendale, CA; Big Things Studios, New York, NY; Clay Garden Studio, Norfolk, VA; Daddy's House Recording Studios, New York, NY; Doppler Audios, Atlanta, GA; Dun Deal Studios, New York, NY; Invasion Studios, New York, NY; Jamworld Entertainment Centre, Potmore, Jamaica; KoRn Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Monza Studios, New York, NY; Patchwork Studios, Atlanta, GA; Pedigree Sound Asylum, Hollywood, CA; Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY; The Cathedral, Hollywood, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Sh*# Factory, Houston, TX.
Editor: Andy Geel.
Illustrator: Elizabeth Rosen.
It is difficult to overcome the suspicion that DUETS: THE FINAL CHAPTER, the Notorious B.I.G.'s second posthumous "studio" release, is a blatant case of opportunism. The late rapper's legend towers so hugely over the hip-hop landscape, and his name has taken on such iconic grandeur, that it's absurdly easy to cash in on his musical legacy. DUETS recycles unused Biggie material, looping it artfully along with performances by some of the finest MCs and vocalists in the hip-hop and R&B community. Since Biggie's parts are sometimes minimal, however, those looking for a disc full of new music from the late icon may be disappointed.
Still, the album is an affecting listen, which is largely due to the spectacular assembly of talent. With a roster that includes the likes of Missy Elliott, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, Mary J. Blige, and Biggie's widow, Faith Evans, among many, many others, DUETS works nicely as a tribute and a testament to Biggie's influence on the evolution of hip-hop. As much a cultural artifact as a music release, DUETS will appeal to hardcore Biggie fans and, in general, music fans interested in how hip-hop builds and maintains its own mythology.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "DUETS works on two fronts: as a brisk-moving all-star mixtape and sad reminder of a towering talent." -- Grade: B
Disc 1
1 B.I.G. Live in Jamaica (Intro) - (live)
2 It Has Been Said
3 Spit Your Game
4 Whatchu Want
5 Get Your Grind On
6 Living the Life
7 Greatest Rapper, The (Interlude) - (Interlude)
8 1970 Somethin'
9 Nasty Girl
10 Living in Pain
11 I'm With Whateva
12 Beef
13 My Dad (Interlude) - (Interlude)
14 Hustler's Story
15 Breakin' Old Habits
16 Ultimate Rush
17 Mi Casa
18 Little Homie (Interlude) - (Interlude)
19 Hold Ya Head
20 Just a Memory
21 Wake Up
22 Love Is Everlasting (Outro) - (Outro)
Product Attributes
Artist Notorious B.I.G.
Label Bad Boy Records

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