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Life After Death [VINYL]

Notorious B.I.G. Vinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (24 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Simply Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00008ACI1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hypnotize
2. Notorious Thugs
3. I Love the Dough (Feat. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush)
4. B.I.G. Interlude
5. Miss U
6. Mo Money Mo Problems (Feat. Puff Daddy & Mase)
7. Playa Hater
Disc: 2
1. Another (Feat. Lil' Kim)
2. Ten Commandments
3. Nasty Boy
4. Sky's The Limit (feat 112)
5. Going Back to Cali
6. You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
7. Lovin' You Tonight (Feat. R. Kelly)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album 1 Aug 2004
By Sam
Format:Audio CD
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There have been reviews that call this album great, but there have been reviews that call this album a waste of time. This album needs a fiar judgement, from someone who loves hip hop and knows it, not from little kids who grew up o the commercial side of Hip Hop. Yes, Badboy Records are probably responsible for making hip hop commercial, and i admit even Life After Death is commercial, but it is still quality...
Life After Death... Greatest album of all time? No, unfortunately not, due to production by the ignorant Puff Daddy(Now just Diddy). But, a Hip Hop Classic? Yes, thanks to the flawless lyrics and rhymes of the late and great Notorious BIG, this album is incredible.
Admittedly, quite pop orientaded, but only on a few tracks such as "Mo Money, Mo Problems", "Sky's The Limit", "Love The Dough", "Nasty Boy" and "Hypnotize". But, who doesn't love "Mo money mo problems"? Who can honestly say they never jammed to "Hypnotize"? Who can say they never smiled when listening to "skys the limit" or bobbed their heads when taking in the bouncing flow on "Nasty Boy"? This album has everything, inducing all types of emotions; antithetical moods Anger and Happiness. Biggies lyrics are, as always, legendary. When he was alive, except for a few, most artists craved Biggies touch on their singles. Ready To Die, he was hungry, thirsty for riches and power, craving fame, desperate to escape the streets of Brooklyn. This made his deliveries on Ready to Die memorable, causing impact and shock. He wanted to get his point across, he wanted to let everyone know what he was thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 20 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This box set version is brilliant - it has a great range of rap style to suit everyones taste. This is a must have for all hip hop fans....Brilliant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Album 16 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is second to none - even 2pac (greatly over hyped)- BIG offers smooth rhymes with some phat beats and unlike 2pac he rhymes about more than just how many people he has killed eventhough he is probably more of a gangsta than 2pac growing up on the streets of Brooklyn rather than in the sun-swept rich California...
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4.0 out of 5 stars His true legacy. 23 Mar 2008
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most modern music fans will now only remember Notorious BIG because of P Diddy's relentless plundering of his 'friend's' catalogue, and for the many mawkish tributes he's released. It takes an album like the epic (and disturbingly prescient) Life After Death to remind us that BIG was at one point hailed as the greatest rapper in the world.

Never as prolific as his greatest rival, Tupac, Biggie took a leisurely three years to follow up his classic debut Ready To Die. An amibitious double, it covered virtually every base, and, somewhat annoyingly, featured a considerably increased Puff Daddy quotient. Puffy's omnipresence is one of the album's very few annoying points - he appears on the majority of the skits, several of the songs, produces the album and at more than one point on the otherwise magnificent 'Long Kiss Goodnight' he actually TALKS OVER Biggie's rapping.

But Puff's production is what makes the album what it is. An altogether slicker, poppier, but also somewhat darker affair than its predecessor, Life After Death is also in many ways the better album in that it has more classic songs. The deliberately catchy singles 'Hypnotise' and 'Mo' Money, Mo' Problems' benefit from the pop touch Puffy brings to the table, while the stoner haze of the excellent 'The World Is Filled' is probably the album highlight, its effortless groove underpinning Puffy's best moment on the album, or probably anywhere else.

Somewhat heartwarmingly, at a couple of points he subtly alludes to the East Coast/West Coast rivalry without dissing anyone, but on 'Going Back To Cali' he even suggests that there's nothing wrong with the West Coast at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A bit to polished, but still big.
Published 1 month ago by tony b
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Good album to listen too when you have nothing else to listen too I would recommend this to anyone buy now
Published 2 months ago by Will Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer class from greatest rapper of all time!!
One of the greatest rappers of all time, one of the greatest albums by BIGGIE ! Buy it! Listen! Love it too!
Published 3 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
The Life after death album is hard itself and is poppin with the tunes that are onit the only problem is the product itself i wanted the double album and only got the single... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
Any old school rap fans must get this album. Biggie is probably the best MC there has ever been such a laid back relaxed rapping style and some brilliant tunes thats still today... Read more
Published 9 months ago by jack
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
baught this for my son as hes a big fan hereally enjoyed every song on it cant fault it bargain and hes very happy
Published 13 months ago by michaela dandridge
5.0 out of 5 stars life after death
perfect in every way-husband had a blast from the past with this-i do moan when the babies are in the car listening though!
Published 18 months ago by Stacey mum of twins & teenagers
5.0 out of 5 stars Biggie one of the best
Anyone who gives this album less than 5stars is off there head,its a classic,lyrically big is amazing as always and he's a great storyteller,plus the production is great from... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2009 by CRAZE
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that good!
The problem with this album is that it is TOO POLISHED and commercial. Gone is the raw sound of Ready To Die and all we get is a bunch of poppy RnB hits. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2008 by Mr. Ms. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rapper of all time
This album is amazing. I have both this and Ready to die and don't know which one I like more. Ready to die was a street classic whereas this is more commercial. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2006 by Parkzy
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