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Life After Death

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Disc 1 of 2
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Life After Death (Intro)
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Somebody's Gotta Die
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Hypnotize
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Kick In The Door
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#!*@ You Tonight (feat. R. Kelly)
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Last Day (feat. The Lox)
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I Love The Dough (feat. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush)
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What's Beef
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B.I.G. (Interlude)
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Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy)
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Niggas Bleed
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I Got A Story To Tell
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Notorious Thugs
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Miss U
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Another (feat. Lil' Kim)
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Going Back To Cali
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Ten Crack Commandments
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Playa Hater
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Nasty Boy
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Sky's The Limit (feat. 112)
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The World Is Filled... (feat. Too Short & Puff Daddy)
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My Downfall (feat. DMC)
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Long Kiss Goodnight
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You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
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Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 109:22

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09.14.10
A long but lean redefinition of modern rap stardom
1997 | Label: Bad Boy Records

Released just 16 days after his March 9 death by drive-by shooting, there's an eerie prescience to the Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death. Several things — that title, the hearse-featuring album cover, the crushing closing track, "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)" — gave Life After Death a bizarre resonance. But this is much more than paperwork from the morgue. In fact, rap stardom gave The Notorious B.I.G. a new lease; he attacks with testosterone-filled… read more »

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It may have taken the Notorious B.I.G. a few years to follow up his milestone debut, Ready to Die (1994), with another album, but when he did return with Life After Death in 1997, he did so in a huge way. The ambitious album, intended as somewhat of a sequel to Ready to Die, picking up where its predecessor left off, sprawled across the span of two discs, each filled with music, 24 songs in all. You’d expect any album this sprawling to include some lackluster filler. That’s not really the case with Life After Death, however. Like 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me from a year before, an obvious influence, Biggie’s album made extensive use of various producers — DJ Premier, Easy Mo Bee, Clark Kent, RZA, and more of New York’s finest — resulting in a diverse, eclectic array of songs. Plus, Biggie similarly brought in various guest rappers — Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Bone Thugs, Too $hort, L.O.X., Mase — a few vocalists — R. Kelly, Angela Winbush, 112 — and, of course, Puff Daddy, who is much more omnipresent here than on Ready to Die, where he mostly remained on the sidelines. It’s perhaps Puffy himself to thank for this album’s biggest hits: “Mo Money Mo Problems,” “Hypnotize,” “Sky’s the Limit,” three songs that definitely owe much to his pop touch. There’s still plenty of the gangsta tales on Life After Death that won Biggie so much admiration on the streets, but it’s the pop-laced songs that stand out as highlights. In hindsight, Biggie couldn’t have ended his career with a more fitting album than Life After Death. Over the course of only two albums, he achieved every success imaginable, perhaps none greater than this unabashedly over-reaching success. Ready to Die is a milestone album, for sure, but it’s nowhere near as extravagant or epic as Life After Death. – Jason Birchmeier

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