The Notorious B.I.G.
Life After Death


4.5
superb

Review

by Mungo USER (8 Reviews)
September 26th, 2008 | 60 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Great follow up but don't expect the greatness of Ready To Die.

It's sad that The Notorious B.I.G. passed away only 2 weeks prior to his follow up to his classic Ready To Die. The album is to this day a must listen and is even on the top of a lot of lists as one of the greatest albums ever.

One thing that distinguished this album from the rest of the crowd was the amount of guest that appeared on it. Everyone that's on this album only makes the listen greater from R & B greats to Hip Hop gods. This feels like a continuation from Ready To Die not only because of it's obvious "Previously on Ready To Die" intro but also the themes that Biggie raps about on the album.

It feels like a great gangster tale of the likes of The Godfather and Scarface and it can be noticed by the cover of Life After Death. Every track has a different mood but also shows a different style and flow that Biggie uses to murder the track on. You can see that theme on songs like the money loving "I Love The Dough" which sounds like success and "The Ten Crack Commandments" where Chris Wallace lays down the rules to being successful drug lord.

This is a success story made through music and is quite genius when one realizes how the songs are laid out, even though it is a double album. There are 12 tracks on each disc and even though it is a lengthy album, the length of each disc makes the experience a little more tolerable.

The production is another thing that needs to be noticed. DJ Premier, The RZA, Easy Mo Bee, Havoc, and The Hitmen create great music that not only shows Biggie's greatness, but also challenges him to become better. Even though some of the songs might be aimed at a pop audience, Biggie always uses the beat to his advantage to make it his own.

This album is not flawless however. There are some laughable tracks that are so bad that they're good especially "Playa Hater" where Biggie sings! You know you're a successful rapper if you make a song where you sing the whole damn song as if you were contesting for American Idol.

Some of the other material feels like filler but when heard multiple times, gets better because it feels that Biggie tried his hardest to make every song as good as the last. Listening to the music now still feels relevant and timeless and could probably make it's way to the charts today.

With its obvious masterful wordplay and fine production that only improved The Notorious B.I.G. to become arguably, the greatest rapper ever, Life After Death is The Godfather Part III of sequels. It's great but leaves the audience hanging a little of what could have been an awesome follow up (which it is).



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badtaste
September 26th 2008


824 Comments


Avoid one sentence paragraphs. With those, you've established a topic point, so extend on it by explaining or providing the evidence supporting that point. For example, when you describe the gangster theme of the album, let us know of some particular tracks that channel this atmosphere. Be specific.

Regarding your conclusion, 'The Godfather Part III' was pretty much panned wholesomely. You probably meant to refer to Part II.

Otherwise, well intentioned review, but I would have liked to have seen you back your views more.

francesfarmer
September 26th 2008


1477 Comments


Biggie's best album.This Message Edited On 09.26.08

MonorailCat
September 29th 2008


118 Comments


represent this

MUNGOLOID
September 29th 2008


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bad taste, i added more shit to my review but The Godfather III is still a good movie. The only reason why people pan the movie is because of Sofia Cappola's performace and the lacking ending.

st4ytrue
January 21st 2009


279 Comments


Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns
As I crush so-called willies, thugs, and rapper-dons
Get in that ass, quick fast, like ramadan
Its that rap phenomenon don-dadda, fuck poppa
You got ta, call me, francis m.h. white
In tank-light totes, tote iron
Was told in shootouts, stay low, and keep firin
Keep extra clips for extra shit
Whos next to flip, on that cat with that grip on rap
The mo shady, tell em!, frankie baby
Aint no tellin where I may be

Hollow
March 21st 2009


263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I say this is better than Ready To Die, simply because it has more different and wider feeling, when Ready To Die was about time when Biggie was a street hustler then now the stories about mafioso lifestyle and more happier R&B vibe makes the album more enjoyable than Ready To Die.It still has some great dark tracks though.

americandookie
October 11th 2009


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

HOW THE HELL DID PLAYA HATER GET ON THIS ALBUM?

besides that its a classic album. didnt think the lyrcism was as good as ready to die but still love it and theres still a ton a classic shit on here.

Ragez
October 11th 2009


150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is worse than Ready to Die cuz, although this is good, it is filled almost to the brim with filler.

Bulldog
April 8th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Summary is best rec to this album anybody could ever give

Mars Blackmon
April 8th 2010


351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought this was excellent especially for a double album. Not Ready to Die but its still Biggie so it's awesome

MUNGOLOID
May 11th 2010


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not a good enough reason bro.

BigHans
May 11th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If he would have made this a single album and cut the filler this would be an easy 5. Something like this:

Somebody's Got to Die
Notorious Thugs
I Love the Dough
Hypnotize
What's Beef
Goin Back to Cali
Another
Miss You
I Got a Story to Tell
Skys the Limit
Last Day
Mo Money Mo Problems
Last Day
Niggas Bleed

Mista666
July 4th 2010


41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

CLASSIC, i dislike "The World Is Filled" for its mediocre feel thought and too short's shit lyrics .

Slimjim367
August 22nd 2010


512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WHERE MY BROOKLYNNN

nychicano
August 22nd 2010


310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always thought disc two was shit. The only song i would here is "sky's the limit" then skip the rest.

MUNGOLOID
August 22nd 2010


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Disc One was better than Disc Two but really? No love for Notorious Thugs, Going Back To Cali, or Ten Crack Commandments? damn.

Dunpeal
August 22nd 2010


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0


other albums before this?


pretty sure it's only Ready to Die before this and the production is more polished in this one, where the first one is more gritty and street. i happen to like the polished grooves and hooks on this album better

and you have to remember that Pac was locked up for a bit so dude had a buttload of time to come up with material. pun intended

PurpleDrank
August 22nd 2010


417 Comments


pac and biggie are both overrated anyways dudes but Ready to die>>MATW>>All Eyez>>LAD

Dunpeal
August 22nd 2010


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0


oh you meant you like the other albums better than this. i thought you meant chronologically, in which case there is only one album before LAD

that's a lot of writing then if he didn't do it in jail. when did he have time to bone all those chicks? :/

PurpleDrank
August 23rd 2010


417 Comments


lol that was just a guy that sounded like pac



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