Life After Death

Life After Death

by The Notorious B.I.G.


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/1997
Label: Bad Boy
UPC: 0786127301922
catalogNumber: 73019
Rank: 87544

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Notorious 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 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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Life After Death 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
AliEn_StraNger More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album was a good one. It gave real guidance on real life things going on around the world between males and females.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the best artist ever 10 million and over copies sold. must have for those rap fanatics
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago