Release date: 25th March 1997
Label: Bad Boy
Producers: Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, Carlos “6 July” Broady, Buckwild, Clark Kent, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Stevie J, DJ Enuff, DJ Premier, Easy Mo Bee, Havoc, Jiv Poss, Daron Jones, Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence, Kay Gee, Nashiem Myrick, Notorious B.I.G., Paragon, Chucky Thompson, RZA
Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):
“Life After Death is the second and final studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released on March 25, 1997, on Bad Boy Records. A double album, it was released posthumously following his death on March 9, 1997. It features collaborations with guest artists such as 112, Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Too $hort, Angela Winbush, D.M.C. of Run-D.M.C., R. Kelly, The LOX and Puff Daddy. Life After Death exhibits The Notorious B.I.G. further delving into the mafioso rap subgenre. The album is a sequel to his first album, Ready to Die, and picks up where the last song, “Suicidal Thoughts”, ends. 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 by a Duo or Group for its second single “Mo Money Mo Problems”. Life After Death has been considered by music writers as one of the seminal mafioso rap albums, along with Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995) and Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt (1996). In 2003, the album was ranked number 476 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.”
- The track ‘I Got A Story to Tell’ appears on our Classic Material 1997 Mixtape.
- The track ‘Hypnotize’ appears on our 1997 Rap Megamix.
- The album takes the #1 spot on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1997.
- The singles ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ and ‘Hypnotize’ comes in at #2 and #3 on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1997.
- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.
- Listen to DJ Matman’s 20th Anniversary mixtape.