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#475: Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G.

1.20.2011


Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)

Favorite Track(s): "Hypnotize" and "Kick in the Door" and "I Love the Dough" and "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "Going Back to Cali"

Thoughts: Biggie is another artist I only knew through my MTV/VH1 education. I'd seen his Behind the Music and some of his videos or heard his songs on the radio. (Also, I remember some of my youth group leaders telling me his and Tupac's deaths were fabricated, and they were living together somewhere in Ireland.)

I liked this album musically, but lyrically it still had so much violence and misogyny that some songs were very hard to listen to.

During one rhyme I literally thought: "Ooh, he could have used 'Marvin Hamlisch' to rhyme with that as well," which basically shows you how qualified I am to be critical of this album. Bottom line: I was impressed by his rhymes and delivery, and the samples were used really well, but the content itself might keep me from re-visiting.

1 comment:

Kj said...

I lived in B.I.G.'s old neighborhood as well as Old Dirty Bastard. There were lots of tags of "RIP BIG" and "RIP ODB" on my walk to the subway.