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Life After Death
     

Life After Death

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by The Notorious B.I.G.
 
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

Overview

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. Ready to Die is a milestone album, for sure, but it's nowhere near as extravagant or epic as Life After Death. [The "clean" version of Life After Death expurgates nearly half of the album, eliminating ten songs and heavily editing the remaining ones. Thus, this epic double-disc album is only a 14-track single disc in its "clean" version.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/1997
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0786127301922
catalogNumber:
73019
Rank:
66086

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Notorious B.I.G.   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kit Walker   Sampled Keyboards
Karen Anderson   Background Vocals
Michael Keith   Vocals,Background Vocals
Angela Winbush   Track Performer
Faith Evans   Background Vocals
Carl Thomas   Vocals
112   Track Performer
Jay-Z   Track Performer
Lil' Kim   Track Performer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Track Performer
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Hammond Organ
Kelly Price   Background Vocals
Krayzie Bone   Vocals
Deborah "Portia" Neeley Rolle   Background Vocals
Quinnes Parker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marvin Scandrick   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mase   Track Performer
Daron Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Pam Long   Background Vocals
Bizzy Bone   Vocals
Layzie Bone   Vocals
Keanna Henson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bernard Edwards   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Notorious B.I.G.   Producer,Liner Notes
Louis Alfred   Engineer
Andy Armer   Composer
Easy Mo Bee   Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Ben Garrison   Engineer
Rich July   Engineer
Clark Kent   Producer
Manny Marroquin   Engineer
Axel Niehaus   Engineer
Michael Patterson   Engineer
RZA   Producer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
DJ Enuf   Producer
Rasheed Goodlowe   Engineer
Nasheim Myrick   Producer
Camilo Argumedes   Engineer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Composer,Programming,Producer
Stevie J.   Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Producer
Lane Craven   Engineer
Jiv Pos   Producer
Daron Jones   Producer
Lorrenn Argumendes   Engineer
Stephen Dent   Engineer
Lynn Montrose   Engineer
Steve Jones   Engineer
Anthony Henderson   Composer
John Meredith   Engineer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence   Composer,Producer
Diana Pedraza   Engineer
Kay Gee   Producer
Ron Grant   Contributor
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Mason Betha   Composer
Randy Alpert   Composer
Steven Jordan   Composer
Steven Howse   Composer
Bryon McCane   Composer

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