On this day, March 25th 1997..21 years ago, an OPUS was RELEASED! Puffy and Bad Boy Entertainment released The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Life After Death’. It was 2 weeks AFTER the iconic rapper was GUNNED DOWN in California!
The posthumous double-album featured 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.
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