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Released: 1997
Label: Bad Boy Records
Genre: Rap/Hip-Hop

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Christopher Wallace was born in Brooklyn in 1972 and began selling drugs at age 12. His first album, Ready to Die, was #14 on the Billboard chart in 1994 and went platinum in 1995. "Biggie Smalls" emerged as the East Coast Rap icon. He had feuds with 2pac, Suge Knight, and the rest of Death Row records, which fueled the "East Coast vs West Coast Rap Feud." As a result, 2pac was killed in a driveby shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 1997, 2 weeks before his Life After Death album was released. The crime has never been solved and there are no suspects, however the LAPD and Bloods/Crips have been accused in the past. The case was recently re-opened for review.


-A double disc album featuring The Notorious BIG. 112, Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Bone Thugs n-Harmony, Too Short, Carl Thomas, Run-DMC, Total, R. Kelly, The LOX, Kelly Price, and Puff Daddy.

- Released posthumously (2 weeks after his death)

-Jumped from 176 to #1 in one week, the biggest jump ever. Hit Billboard #1, 690,000 albums sold in first week and was eventually certified diamond.

-Singles: Hypnotize hit #1 on billboard, mo money mo problems hit #1, Going Back to Cali hit #26, Skys the Limit.

-The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance, for its first single "Hypnotize", and Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for its second single "Mo Money Mo Problems".

-Lyrics talk about his experiances selling drugs, witnessing violence, and his command over the rap game

-Album was one of first rap albums to have mainstream success while being gritty and violent

-His flow is heavily influenced by Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC

-Biggie always smoked marijuana before recording his songs

Disc One

  1. Life After Death (intro)
  2. Somebody’s Gotta Die
  3. Hypnotize
  4. Kick in the Door
  5. F* You Tonight
  6. Last Day
  7. I Love the Dough
  8. What’s Beef?
  9. B.I.G. Interlude
  10. Mo Money Mo Problems
  11. N* Bleed
  12. I Got a Story to Tell

Disc Two

  1. Notorious Thugs
  2. Miss U
  3. Another
  4. Going Back to Cali
  5. Ten Crack Commandments
  6. Playa Hater
  7. Nasty Boy
  8. Sky’s the Limit
  9. The World is Filled…
  10. My Downfall
  11. Long Kiss Goodnight
  12. You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)

Technical Details

The album uses lots of synthesizers, snare drums, and heavy bass throughout. Biggie's flow is quick no matter what the beat is. Most of his rhymes were subliminal disses to other rappers such as 2pac, Nas, DJ Premier, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and others.

Somebody's Gotta DieTen Crack Commandments



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