Duets: The Final Chapter [Explicit Lyrics]

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It's been more than eight years since the music world lost Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, and with Duets: The Final Chapter, Sean "Diddy" Combs pays homage to his fallen friend. Featuring some of hip-hop's best producers and top-selling artists, the project updates some of Biggie's notable verses and rare freestyles, resulting in a wide array of tracks that live up to the Brooklyn MC's legacy. Although the disc relies on music that's been in the can for some years, the Duets here -- such as "1970 Something," with the Game and Faith Evans, "Mi Casa," featuring R. Kelly and Charlie Wilson -- sound surprisingly fresh and current. The haunting Jay-Z collaboration "Whatchu Want" suggests vintage Biggie, ...
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It's been more than eight years since the music world lost Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, and with Duets: The Final Chapter, Sean "Diddy" Combs pays homage to his fallen friend. Featuring some of hip-hop's best producers and top-selling artists, the project updates some of Biggie's notable verses and rare freestyles, resulting in a wide array of tracks that live up to the Brooklyn MC's legacy. Although the disc relies on music that's been in the can for some years, the Duets here -- such as "1970 Something," with the Game and Faith Evans, "Mi Casa," featuring R. Kelly and Charlie Wilson -- sound surprisingly fresh and current. The haunting Jay-Z collaboration "Whatchu Want" suggests vintage Biggie, spotlighting his knack for delivering rhymes full of vivid imagery and witty punch lines. The same can be said for "Ultimate Rush," where Missy Elliott skillfully sculpts her rhymes around Big's lyrics to pull off a sex-filled call-and-response that feels like the MCs were actually in the vocal booth together. More highlights include collaborations with other deceased artists like Big Pun ("Get Your Grind On"), Bob Marley ("Hold Ya Head"), and Biggie's friend-turned-foe Tupac Shakur ("Living in Pain"). Ultimately, Duets succeeds in reminding us why we'll always love Big Poppa. Kwamé Hunter
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The weight of Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy is so profound that most major rap MCs and R&B singers alive -- and some who are dead -- are willing to be attached to it in whatever form possible. It could also be argued that anyone with the means is more than willing to profit from it in a monetary way. Here's Duets: The Final Chapter, released just before Christmas Day 2005, following 1999's Born Again, which was released just before Christmas Day 1999. Like Born Again, Duets takes bits of unused material from the late legend, and that can entail full-blown verses, looped declarations, or punctuative interjections. On some tracks, Biggie's presence is no more prominent than a handclap or a snare hit. Check the lead track "It Has Been Said," where he's limited to "what," "ungh," "yeah," "ha-ha," "uh-huh." If you can get past the fact that a lot of tracks barely feature the headliner, or listen without imagining the original contexts of the patched-together scraps, Duets can be sporadically riveting. The list of guests is overwhelming, with Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, R. Kelly, T.I., Slim Thug, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, the Clipse, Snoop Dogg, and Freeway representing roughly half of the involved. Only a few tracks contain significant Biggie contributions, and it's not as if they provide any further insight or add to his long-established legend. Many of his vocals are not pulled from professional studio-quality recordings, which only makes them sound more displaced. Perhaps Korn's Jonathan Davis put it best when he told Billboard about the project: "It's f*ckin' weird to be doing a song with someone who is deceased!" His description applies to what it's like to listen to the disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/2005
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • UPC: 075678388521
  • Catalog Number: 83885
  • Sales rank: 12,516

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 B.I.G. Live in Jamaica (Intro) - Nelly (1:22)
  2. 2 It Has Been Said - Obie Trice (3:18)
  3. 3 Spit Your Game - Twista (4:09)
  4. 4 Whatchu Want - Jagged Edge (3:54)
  5. 5 Get Your Grind On - Freeway (5:24)
  6. 6 Living the Life - Cheri Dennis (4:28)
  7. 7 The Greatest Rapper (Interlude) (0:08)
  8. 8 1970 Somethin' - Game (3:25)
  9. 9 Nasty Girl - Akon (4:46)
  10. 10 Living in Pain - Mary J. Blige (4:01)
  11. 11 I'm with Whateva - Jim Jones (2:33)
  12. 12 Beef (4:57)
  13. 13 My Dad (Interlude) (0:10)
  14. 14 Hustler's Story - Big Gee (5:47)
  15. 15 Breakin' Old Habits - T.I. (4:36)
  16. 16 Ultimate Rush - Missy Elliott (3:48)
  17. 17 Mi Casa - Charlie Wilson (4:12)
  18. 18 Little Homie (Interlude) (0:34)
  19. 19 Hold Ya Head - Juelz Santana (2:45)
  20. 20 Just a Memory - Clipse (4:30)
  21. 21 Wake Up - Korn (3:35)
  22. 22 Love Is Everlasting (Outro) (0:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Notorious B.I.G. Primary Artist
Karen Anderson Vocals
Sandra Park Conductor
Luis Resto Keyboards
Voletta Wallace Vocals
Rob Mathis Conductor
Makeba Riddick Vocals
Ebony Black Vocals
Capricorn Clark Vocals
DJ Scram Jones scratching
T Yanna Dream Wallace Vocals
Steve King Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Rita Marley Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Billy Preston Composer
Barry White Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Barbara Mason Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
The Notorious B.I.G. Executive Producer
Craig Mack Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Mary J. Blige Composer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer
Jonathan Davis Producer, Audio Production
Patrick Dillett Engineer
Lord Finesse Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Jalacy Hawkins Composer
Joseph Jones Composer
Diana King Composer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Composer
Mike T. Engineer
Sandra Park String Arrangements
Luis Resto Producer
Atticus Ross Programming, Producer, Engineer
Trevor Smith Composer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer, Audio Production
Dean Taylor Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Mario Winans Composer, Producer
Korn Composer
Michael Berman Engineer, Vocal Tracking
Faith Evans Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Nasheim Myrick Composer
Cliff Harris Composer
Chris Martin Composer
Havoc Producer, Audio Production
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie Composer
Stevie J. Audio Production
Jazze Pha Producer, Audio Production
Carlos "6 July" Broady Composer
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Mister Cee Associate Executive Producer
Mark Pitts Executive Producer
Chris Athens Mastering
Rashad Smith Composer
Kelly Price Composer
Ralph Cacciurri Engineer
Andre Harris Producer, Audio Production
Anthony Henderson Composer
Joe Cartagena Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
Brandon Casey Composer
Brian Casey Composer
Eminem Producer, Audio Production
Jack Knight Composer
Harve Pierre Producer, Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz Producer, Audio Production
Jason Carson Engineer
Christopher Wallace Composer
Just Blaze Producer, Audio Production
PR Breakz Composer
Vidal Davis Producer, Audio Production
Cornell Brown Engineer
Chris Gilbert Engineer
Ian Mereness Digital Editing
Tatsuya Sato Engineer
Sean Cane Producer, Audio Production
Voletta Wallace Liner Notes, Executive Producer
DJ Green Lantern Producer
Dave Hyman Engineer
Ryan West Engineer
Joe Hooker Audio Production
Tony Campana Engineer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Composer
Jason Phillips Composer
Clinton Sparks Producer, Audio Production
Andy Geel Digital Editing
Danja Mowf Producer
David Frederic Engineer
Chink Santana Audio Production
Tupac Shakur Composer
Rob Mathis String Arrangements
Daniel Betancourt Engineer
Jaymz Hardy-Martin III Engineer
King James II Engineer
Nico Solis Engineer
Nasir "Nas" Jones Composer
Josh Monroy Engineer
Scram Jones Producer, Audio Production
Nate Oberman Engineer
Corte Ellis Engineer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam Composer
Nathaniel "Danjahandz" Hills Audio Production
Dwayne Carter Composer
Bryan Ellis Engineer
LaRon James Composer
Victor Abijaudi Engineer
Wayne Barrow Producer, Executive Producer
John Bedo Engineer
Mr. Rogers Engineer
Elizabeth Rosen Illustrations
Candi Shand Marketing
Eric "Erk" Vargas Engineer
Juelz Venguer Engineer
Ruben "Swift" Vidal Engineer
Daniel Mitchell Engineer, Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Jayceon Taylor Composer
Leroy Watson Composer
Steve Fisher Engineer
Stephen Garrett Composer
Kim Jones Composer
Coptic Audio Production
J-Dub Audio Production
Reefa Audio Production
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