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on 18 September 2006
Some people say this is one of the best hip hop albums ever they are wrong this is one of the best albums period. If you like hip hop buy this album if you dont like hip hop buy this album. Highlights include GIMMMIE THE LOOT, WAITING JUICY AND BIG POPPA but there is not a bad verse let alone song on this record so simply get this album... r.i.p biggie,2pac,big pun, jam master jay and proof
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on 17 November 2015
grand daughter loved this cd
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on 7 July 2014
Bought it for someone else
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on 17 September 2003
Biggie Smalls' feud with Tupac (which eventually wound up with them both dead) somewhat overshadowed the fact that his first album was a rough gem. Upon release, heads were divided over whether the album was a classic, or simply an updated version of the posturing of 80's MCs like Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane. The truth is somewhere in between, with some truly classic cuts interspersed by some crap ones and a healthy dose of misogny, violence and drug references thrown in for good measure.
The best tracks on the album are slickly produced, contain superbly greasy samples and Biggie's distinctive lazy, menacing rhymes. The worst sound cobbled together, and contain too much postring to be taken seriously. When it works, the album is mesmerising. 'Gimme The Loot' and 'Juicy' are both anthems and 'Machine Gun Funk' is superb, with its catchy guitar lick sample and booming chorus.
The basslines on the best songs are rumbling monsters, felt rather than heard (like the best basslines hould be), and the crisp, clean production on tracks like 'Everyday Struggle' make them ideal summer boombox tunes.
However, there is a downside to the album, namely the often ridiculous cartoonish lyrics. East Coast rap was in a transition phase when this came out, moving between the politically conscious era of Public Enemy to a more gangsta style favoured by the dominant West Coast G-Funk scene. When pulled off, this was superb (witness Nas' superlative 'Illmatic' debut) but Biggie only half manages it here.
Worth having in your collection.
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on 20 February 2016
Awesome album
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on 17 July 2016
Good product
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on 8 February 2015
Decent product and price but recommend The Notorious B.I.G Greatest Hits as this only has a few good tracks on
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on 20 May 2016
Was a gift
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on 8 September 2003
Its a shame dat he had to die. He left a B.I.G space that even d "closest one" Jay Z coodnt fit into. All tracks r banging n there isnt any track u can skip. Only about 6 other albums come close 2 this one......
Life After Death (not him again)
Illmatic (Nas)
Get Rich or Die Trying (50 Cent.... hopes he survives to b at d top of his game, cos i'm really feelin this Dog)
Doggy Style (Snoop Dogg)
Blackout (Methodman N redman)
Chronic (Dr Dre)
make sure u own all of these to b a real hip hop fan. Mad props to Big pops. BIG, we miss u
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on 13 November 2015
perfect
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