Born Again [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
When the Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down more than two years ago as the victim of a Los Angeles drive-by, a tidal wave of sadness rushed through the hip-hop community. Just weeks later, Biggie’s epic double-disc, the prophetically titled LIFE AFTER DEATH, was released to fanfare and huge sales. Now, the urban hero returns for his second posthumous release, BORN AGAIN, a fond remembrance of his commanding voice, rotund presence, and lover-boy charm. Thanks to technological wizardry, this disc features 14 "collaborations," with rap’s heavyweights lending their vocals to lost Biggie lyrics. Many tracks snap with hardcore rap intensity ("Dead Wrong" with Eminem), lewd ...
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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
When the Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down more than two years ago as the victim of a Los Angeles drive-by, a tidal wave of sadness rushed through the hip-hop community. Just weeks later, Biggie’s epic double-disc, the prophetically titled LIFE AFTER DEATH, was released to fanfare and huge sales. Now, the urban hero returns for his second posthumous release, BORN AGAIN, a fond remembrance of his commanding voice, rotund presence, and lover-boy charm. Thanks to technological wizardry, this disc features 14 "collaborations," with rap’s heavyweights lending their vocals to lost Biggie lyrics. Many tracks snap with hardcore rap intensity ("Dead Wrong" with Eminem), lewd humor ("Big Booty Hoes" with Too Short), and ill freestyles ("Rap Phenomenon" with Redman and Method Man). The bass-heavy, often cinematic beats provided by DJ Premier and Bad Boy Records’ production team bust at the seams, supported by rollicking bass lines and familiar ‘80s pop samples (including a Duran Duran lift on Biggie's own "Notorious B.I.G." with Lil’ Kim and Puff Daddy). B.I.G.’s eerie obsession with death also provides high drama on "If I Should Die Before I Wake" with Black Rob, Ice Cube, and Beanie Siegal. Craig Mack, G-Dep, and Missy Elliott, perhaps bolstered by Biggie’s netherworld presence, sound uniquely inspired on the cranking funk workout "Let Me Get Down." But for all the good-time bounce, Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, closes the set with a sentimental eulogy to her departed son, reminding fans that underneath B.I.G.’s gangsta braggadocio, Versace gear, and celebrity status lay a vulnerable young man. It’s a side of Biggie his records only hinted at -- the person behind the persona.
All Music Guide - Keith Farley
Considering it was released almost three years after his death, it'd be easy to dismiss the Notorious B.I.G.'s third album as a cash-in or merely a tribute album, similar to Puff Daddy's No Way Out. Fact is, Born Again includes a lot of previously unheard material from Biggie, and guest spots from Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man, Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg work better than could be expected. It's difficult to say where all this material came from, but it's probable that the productions were simply arranged around old rhymes from Biggie himself. On most tracks, he takes a spotlight and then the guest rapper comes in. Thanks to executive producer Puff Daddy, it'd be easy to fool those not into hip-hop that Notorious B.I.G. was still alive. The outro, a spoken-word reminiscence by Voletta Wallace his mother is a bit touching but also a bit ghoulish. For B.I.G. fans, this is another must-have, but for anyone who thinks the rap industry routinely goes too far in pursuit of the almighty dollar, Born Again is yet further proof.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1999
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • UPC: 786127302325
  • Catalog Number: 73023
  • Sales rank: 40,026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Born Again (Intro) (1:28)
  2. 2 Notorious B.I.G. - Puff Daddy (3:11)
  3. 3 Dead Wrong - Eminem (4:57)
  4. 4 Hope You Niggas Sleep - Big Timer (4:10)
  5. 5 Dangerous MC's - Busta Rhymes (5:15)
  6. 6 Biggie - Junior M.A.F.I.A. (5:22)
  7. 7 Niggas (3:48)
  8. 8 Big Booty Hoes (3:27)
  9. 9 Would You Die for Me - Puff Daddy (3:38)
  10. 10 Come On - Sadat X (4:35)
  11. 11 Rap Phenomenon - Method Man (4:02)
  12. 12 Let Me Get Down - G. Dep (4:33)
  13. 13 Tonight - Joe Hooker (6:08)
  14. 14 If I Should Die Before I Wake - Beanie Sigel (4:51)
  15. 15 Who Shot Ya (3:48)
  16. 16 Can I Get Witcha - Lil' Cease (3:36)
  17. 17 I Really Want to Show You - Jo-Jo (5:09)
  18. 18 Ms. Wallace (Outro) (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Notorious B.I.G. Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tom Cassel Engineering
Sean "Puffy" Combs Executive Producer, Producer
DJ Premier Producer
Mario Winans Producer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie Producer
Mark Pitts Associate Executive Producer
Chucky Thompson Producer
Lauryn Hill Producer
Harve Pierre Producer, Associate Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It Still Bumps though!!!!

    Hey!, what is there 2 say about the NOTORIUS 1 except that once you get in-2- the music business, writing is just one of the things you'll have 2 do. Besides learning about the music business B-4 landing the deal u most definitely need lotsa cuts to come across with, and hey!, he and Puffy were prepared,& I know that there's probably more in the stash but, about these cuts here really let's me know that he'll be missed besides, I believe that he & puff would have made another 2-2-2-2-2 CD set again!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dj sinasta

    this joint is baggin puffy remixed his beats in the finished product is hot biggie message is still on point but alittle out dated for the times but the album one of the years best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHERES THIS GUY LIVIN?

    this guy can put out a better album when hes dead than most other rappers can when they alive. thats takes skill

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SHOULD HAVE BEEN TITLED

    This album is pure garbage- DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM!- whether you're a casual

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BIGGIE'S SKILLS STILL LIVE

    Notorious B.I.G. is one of the most influencial rappers of all time. The way he ryhmes and the beats he uses can turn many rap haters into rap fanatics. Biggie's death is one of the biggest and worst tragities in the rap and hip hop world, along with Tupac. Buy this cd, it's worth it. B.I.G. R.I.P

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