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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...but only compared to Ready To Die!!
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...
Published on 3 Mar. 2006 by T. Kansara

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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 one.Stressed
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...but only compared to Ready To Die!!, 3 Mar. 2006
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This review is from: Life After Death (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. On Life After Death its clear that Biggie simply wanted make people happy through his music, or let them empathise with his feelings on more darker tracks.
. I love hip hop and have been following it for years, but i do not favour rappers over others. If an album is good, its good. If an album is bad, its bad. Life After Death is good. It's not even necessary to buy the album, borrow the album from a friend first if your sceptical, but no matter what, give it a chance, sit back and listen to this Hip Hop classic, and then decide to buy it. I may be dwelling into hypocracy here, but don't be moved by reviews that tell you not to listen to this album because its: over-produced, or not as good as 2Pacs album, or is not the same as Ready To Die.
Give the album a chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His true legacy., 23 Mar. 2008
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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.

On the darker side of things, Biggie's more violent, blackly comic songs are even better, the spiralling, clattering beat of 'Notorious Thugs' scaling ever greater heights with verse after verse of new guest stars; the slow groove of 'What's Beef' addressing paranoia and rap rivalries with wit and grace; and the sprightly acoustic guitar that underpins 'I've Got A Story To Tell' bringing the first disc to a comfortable close.

It's an album that isn't perfect, but its over-reach, its grandeur and its shameless polish make up for the few times when the quality control sags or Puff Daddy shoehorns himself in too much. In truth, this is the second and last Notorious BIG album you need to buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, 1 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Life After Death (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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have, 20 Oct. 2000
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This review is from: Life After Death (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
This review is from: Life After Death (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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars biggie biggie biggie, 17 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Life After Death (Audio CD)
this album is an excellent collection of songs that took biggie 2 years to complete but isnt as good as ready to die its more commercialized then ready to die and the influence of puffy made it less hardcore and underground and more comical but all the tracks are excellent and it showcases biggies flawless storytelling and freestyling abilities cos the lyrics on for example kick in the door track 4 hes shows of hes freestyling which is superb but also easy to follow but very complexed which i dont think any one can master the freestyling ability that biggie had hes was 1 of a kind and the collaberation with jay z is amazing and when u listen to the 2 artists u realize how good biggie was cos personally i think he outdone jay z and jay z is 1 of the greatest ever theres only 1 man i would say that is better then biggie not in freestyling but overall quality of songs and that be tupac shakur he is the greatest of all time and then i would say biggie is the second greatest artist of all time r.i.p tupac and biggie u were the greatest and rap now days is fucked up cos of the depature of u 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the greatest hip-hop album, 4 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: Life After Death (Audio CD)
This double album is a masterpiece. Many critics believe that Ready to Die was BIG's finest work, but I do not believe that. Ready to Die is raw and a lot of the tracks are pretty average. However, Life after Death is more polished and at least 18 of the 24 tracks shows BIG at his finest. The first CD kicks off with 3 superb tracks and gets a bit dull in the middle, but the last 4 tracks are cracking and more than make up for this disappointment. What makes this superior to every other hip-hop album is CD two. Every track, except Playa Hater, show BIG at his best. If you have not got this album and are remotely interested in hip-hop, then GET IT? You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biggie one of the best, 14 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Life After Death (Audio CD)
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 people i aint heard much about(stevie j/nashiem myrick/carlos"july"broady/deric"d-dot"angelettie)then you have the more famous names like(havoc/dj premier/rza and easy mo bee)like i said its a great album and just a dark as his first with songs like(somebodys gotta die/whats beef/niggas bleed/my downfall and the powerfull your nobody(till somebody kills you).this was big's last album and hip hop fans will always love and respect it from one of the greatest ever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not close to Ready to die, 1 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Life After Death (Audio CD)
Its a great album but certainly not the best ever. Clearly influenced by all eyez on me and the commercial production isn't suited to biggie. Don't get me wrong he's a lyrical genius, perhaps not as hungry as he was on debut. Even though too many tunes are pop-orientated you still have to love the classics: 'mo money, mo problems' and 'sky's the limit'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life after death, 10 Feb. 2013
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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!
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