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Format: CD
Sku: 60163373
UPC: 786127301120
UPC 14: 00786127301120
Release Date: 3/25/1997
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Life After Death Intro ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
2. Somebody's Gotta Die ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
3. Hypnotize ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Kick In The Door ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
5. #!*@ You Tonight - (featuring R. Kelly) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
6. Last Day - (featuring The Lox) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
7. I Love The Dough - (featuring Jay-Z/Angela Winbush) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
8. What's Beef? ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
9. B.I.G. Interlude ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
10. Mo Money Mo Problems - (featuring Mase/Puff Daddy) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
11. Niggas Bleed ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
12. I Got A Story To Tell ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Notorious Thugs ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
2. Miss U ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
3. Another - (featuring Lil' Kim) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Going Back To Cali ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
5. Ten Crack Commandments ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
6. Playa Hater ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
7. Nasty Boy ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
8. Sky's The Limit ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
9. World Is Filled..., The - (featuring Too Short/Puff Daddy) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
10. My Downfall - (featuring DMC) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
11. Long Kiss Goodnight ~ The Notorious B.I.G.
12. You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You) ~ The Notorious B.I.G.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Producers include: Sean "Puffy" Combs, Stevie J., Easy Mo Bee, Daron Jones, Kay-Gee, RZA, Buck-Wild, DJ Premier, Havoc, Clark Kent.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Eddie Sancho ; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Lane Craven; Michael Patterson ; Paul Logus; Richard Travali; Sean "Puffy" Combs; Tony Maserati .
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: The Notorious B.I.G.
Muze PNote Recording information: Caribbean Sound Basin, Trinidad; Daddy's House Recording Studios, New York, NY; NRG Recordings, Hollywood, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Michael Lavine.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist R. Kelly
Muze Guest Artist Lil' Kim
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist DMC
Muze Guest Artist Angela Winbush
Muze Guest Artist Too $hort
Muze Guest Artist Mase
Muze Guest Artist Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Muze Guest Artist The Lox
Muze Guest Artist 112
Muze Guest Artist Puff Daddy

Artist Overview

Of the many skilled lyricists among his early-1990s East Coast contemporaries (Nas, Jeru, Black Moon), Biggie Smalls, AKA the Notorious B.I.G., was the only one who lived up to the predictions of a comeback for the East Coast hardcore sound. With the help of Bad Boy producer Sean "Puffy" Combs and R&B collaborators like Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, and Total, Biggie snatched public attention away from the G-funk sound of the West Coast. By the time his single "One More Chance" debuted at #5 on the Billboard pop charts, his popularity and industry politics contributed to a public feud between Biggie and West Coast counterpart 2Pac. The untimely deaths of both artists sealed their status as legends.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Wu-Chronicles (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reasonable Doubt (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-60 Minutes Of Funk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Bone Thugs N Harmony's Greatest Hits:
Muze Music Compilations Ridin' High(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of Real(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Legendary Classics(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Train To Paris(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Jagged Edge
Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Total (R&B)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/03/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1997
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8612730112
Music Label Name Label : Bad Boy Entertainment
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00786127301120

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.

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