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.
Performance CreditsNotorious B.I.G. Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kit Walker Sampled Keyboards
Karen Anderson 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
Michael Keith Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBernard 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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was good, but I have to say that performances by Bone is what totally saved this CD. Once again the bad boy label failed to make a hit out of an origonal background. And this CD seemed mostly a money making venture by putting everyone in the label somewhere on this CD with no concern for musical content.
The album was a good one. It gave real guidance on real life things going on around the world between males and females.
even after all these years, this could have come out yesterday and it would still be #1. the real best rapper alive right here, cant wait for the movie this Dec.. Almost got it word for word down...
This one of the gretest hip hop albums of all time. It is the crowning achievement of The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die made Biggie one of the greatest. Life after Death made Biggie the greatest rapper of all time.
This album was the perfect follow up to a classic. A classic after a classic is basicly impossible but B.I.G did it. This album was real from begginning to the end. Even though it had its commercial pop music moments ex.(mo money, mo problems and Sky's the limit) But songs like (10 crack commandments, Whats Beef?, and Nobody til somebody kill you) "Aint that the truth" Thanks Biggie for oppenning my eyes to the big picture.. A classic album forever R.I.P B.I.G
Although not as good as Biggies first album 'READY TO DIE' 'LIFE AFTER DEATH is still an excellent album. Only a few tracks really suck (nasty boy, whats beef, niggaz bleed, i got a story to tell) but with 2 cds full of music, who cares if theres a few that suck. No doubt one of the best albums I have ever heard.
Life After Death is the best album ever. Biggie is a legend and this album is so good that I almost can´t believe it. Life After Death includes Biggie´s best songs. This album is ten times better than 2pac´s Greatest Hits. And you should know that I think 2pac is really good. Biggie Rules!!
Yo this album is 1 of da hottest ablums ever made.Big is the greatest of all time and this album shows it.Although Ready To Die is better,i play this more.If u dont have it,lost it,loan it out or broke it get it again cause this is a true rapp classic. one
This is, in my opinion, the greatest album ever recorded by a rapper. Unfortunately, it was released after the Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls, Black Frank White, Christopher Wallace) was killed in L.A. The CD begins with my personal favorite song, "Somebody's Gotta Die". It is with this song that Biggie displays his incredible skills at storytelling that he first showcased with Ready To Die. "N----s Bleed" also is an example of his storytelling ability, by the end you will think you are actually in that hallway. He also shows versatility in "Notorious Thugs" in which he speed raps with great results. This album also includes uplifting songs that showed that he was looking forward to the future which makes them so sad ("Sky's the Limit"). Biggie also gave out some hits courtesy of Puff Daddy's beats in the catchy "Hypnotize" and "Mo Money Mo Problems". Jay-Z and Notorious tear it up in "I Love the Dough". "Miss U" is a sad song which Biggie wrote for a fallen friend. A couple of famous and excellent songs on the second disc are "Going Back to Cali" and "Ten Crack Commandments". The CD features many other great guests who add to Biggie's skills including Ma$e, Lil' Kim, LOX, 112, R. Kelly, and DMC. Again, I think that this is the best Rap CD ever and the Notorious B.I.G. uses this album to show the world his skills one last time. You must buy this if you are a fan of Biggie, Hip Hop music, or even just music altogether. R.I.P. The Notorious B.I.G.
This is one of the best CDs i have ever bought. you will not be disappointed by the king of new york's array of songs here. if you like biggie this is THE CD to buy by him. life after death has songs like mo money mo problems to miss u to long kiss goodnight. buy this CD you wont be dissappointed.
This is definetley a must-have for any true hip hop head. Big's talents at its fullest talkin bout everything from money to beef to story tellin to the ladies. cool and charismatic BIG gives strong argument to his title as the Greatest MC ever!!! copp that!
This controversal cd is filled with songs that any lover of rap or hip-hop would enjoy. Even though he has passed away,the notorious B.I.G is still producing music that tops the charts.
the best artist ever 10 million and over copies sold. must have for those rap fanatics