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Happy 14th Birthday "Life After Death", does this album ever get old????

rapmastermindrapmastermind Entertainment/Pop Culture/Media AnalystNew York CityPosts: 5,574 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited May 2012 in AllHipHop.com Music
As Biggie Month comes to an end. We celebrated the 14th Anniversary of his Death. We found out the baby from that Classic Cover from his debut not only wasn't Biggie but he's a 18 year kid from the Bronx who's in High School. Now today March 25 marks the 14th Anniversary of the release of one of the greatest rap albums of all time:


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Classic Songs - Check
Impact - Almost 20 Million sold World Wide, One of few certified DIAMOND Rap albums - Check
Versatility - Club, Gangsta, Street, Commercial, Storytelling - Check
Production - Premo, The Hitmen, Rza, Havoc, Kay Gee, Easy Mo Bee - Check
Lyricism - Check
Flow - Check
Singles - All Classics - Check
Influence - How much of Biggie's rhymes is going to come out of Hip Hop Damn Lips - Check
Tracks for everyone - Eastcoast, South, Midwest, West - Check
Theme and Subject Matter - Sequel to Ready To Die - Check


This album passes every threshold for Classic Status. It's Classic Status is not debatable at this point. 14 Years later you can pop this in and it sounds like it was made yesterday. It is still shitting on Rap albums till this day. Big dropped an Atomic Bomb on the Game. Here is my Song by Song Review of each song. I'll use the Source Mics to Rate each song:

Disc 1 - THE LIFE DISC

Intro - 5 Mics (Picked up right were the last album left off making this one of Hip Hop's 1st sequels)
Somebody's Got To Die - 5 MICS (Classic Storytelling)
Hypnotize - 5 MICS (Club Classic)
Kick in the Door - 5 MICS (Premo, Big, Disses 5 emcees without saying a name, Nuff Said)
F*uckin U Tonight - 4 MICS (Dope track for the ladies)
Last Day - 5 MICS (Lox ain't spit this ILL ever since)
I Love The Dough - 5 MICS (The Sequel to BK's Finest, amazing callabo)
What's Beef - 5 MICS (One of the hardest songs ever, The Godfather/Goodfells/Casino on Wax)
B.I.G. Interlue - 5 MICS (Dope homage to Schooly D)
Mo Money, Mo Problems - 5 MICS (One of the best rap singles ever)
Niggas Bleed - 5 MICS (Another Classic Story)
I got a Story To tell - 5 MICS (The 3rd Classic story on 1 album)


DISC 2 - THE DEATH DISC

Notorious Thugs - 5 MICS (Does this song ever get old?)
Miss U - 4.5 MICS (Deep and spiritual Biggie)
Another - 3.5 MICS (Not the greatest but the girls do love this song)
Going Back To Cali - 5 MICS (Even out West they had to show respect to this Classic)
Ten Crack Commandments -5 MiCS (Big and Premo again, Nuff Said)
Playa Hater - 3.5 MICS (Just a funny ass song)
Nasty Boy - 3 MICS (Big killed it but the beat isn't the best)
Sky's The Limit - 5 MICS (Amazing song and message)
The World Is Filled - 4.5 MICS (Great callabo with Too Short)
My Downfall - 5 MICS (Lyrical Masterpiece)
Long Kiss Goodnight - 5 MICS (One of the greatest subminal disses ever)
Your Nobody Till Somebody Kills You - 5 MICS (The Perfect Ending)


Had to spark one up and bump this straight through today, still amazing all these years later. Big really cemented his Legacy with this album. So which is your favorite Disc? I think Disc 1 is stronger for sure but Disc 2 ended so strong it's a hard choice.
A.J. Trillzynski
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  • new account2new account2 Posts: 1,469
    edited March 2011
    yea man this is the true meaning of hip hop classic....its one of them cds I bump every 2 or three years and feel like I'm listening to it for the first time......it just has mad layers to it....
  • talik23talik23 Posts: 2,929 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    hell no it wont get old. classic shit right here...........
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  • TRILLip BrooksTRILLip Brooks Lord High Executioner Posts: 18,152 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    greates double disc ever, i prefer this more than ready to die
  • MeesterMeester Je$$ie Ventura Outrage LandPosts: 16,121 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    classics dont get old
    Powered by 9(0)'s sun.
  • Already Home_17Already Home_17 Posts: 14,214 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    lol @ biggie month
    but yea LAD is a classic. I can't chose the better of the 2 discs though
  • a_lista_list Posts: 4,808 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    greates double disc ever, i prefer this more than ready to die



    i was about to type the same shyt......i chose disc one
    I can recall the days, juvenile crime pays
    14 years old, shorty from round way
    brick ass cold, still pump from night to day
    but why did my life have to be this way
    I rock Velour suits, flavors like mixed fruits
    my loot get recouped razors in my suit
    incase they try to troop me to the island
    I known to start whylin back in New York, my soldiers got the cash pilin
    peep this on some nose and teef shit
    so much drama, who the fuck knows who we got beef wit
  • blackstarrblackstarr Posts: 1,222 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Nice drop son....i was just bumpin this album on my way to work!! Classic ish no doubt! Gotta go with Disc 1
    May he Rest In Peace
  • tompetrez3tompetrez3 Posts: 6,626 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    wu tang forever>LAD
    art of war>LAD
    Tru 2 Da Game>LAD
    AEOM>LAD

    what so called bangers are on this boring ass album again?
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  • a_lista_list Posts: 4,808 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    tompetrez3 wrote: »
    wu tang forever>LAD....close
    art of war>LAD...yea right!!!
    Tru 2 Da Game>LAD....disrespecful
    AEOM>LAD.....nigga please

    what so called bangers are on this boring ass album again?
    Bangers throughout
    I can recall the days, juvenile crime pays
    14 years old, shorty from round way
    brick ass cold, still pump from night to day
    but why did my life have to be this way
    I rock Velour suits, flavors like mixed fruits
    my loot get recouped razors in my suit
    incase they try to troop me to the island
    I known to start whylin back in New York, my soldiers got the cash pilin
    peep this on some nose and teef shit
    so much drama, who the fuck knows who we got beef wit
  • darkraindarkrain Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    I've never get tired listen of this album and this shit will never get old. When I'll be over 60 and I still would be listening this album.
  • new account2new account2 Posts: 1,469
    edited March 2011
    disk 1 was hard core ignorant nigga type shit.......disk 2 was more heartfelt like honest and reflective nigga type shit......."The milk was chocolate/the cookies/butter crunch"........

    It just depends on how u feeling at the time.....they both got they own vibe to them
  • rapmastermindrapmastermind Entertainment/Pop Culture/Media Analyst New York CityPosts: 5,574 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    tompetrez3 wrote: »
    wu tang forever>LAD
    art of war>LAD
    Tru 2 Da Game>LAD
    AEOM>LAD

    what so called bangers are on this boring ass album again?


    Well Biggie was on his 2 LP, Tupac was on his 4th, Bone was on their 3rd. Wu was on their 2nd as a group but dropped mad solo LP's in between that album and Master P was like on his 4th or 5th at that point. The fact Biggie bodied 2 disc on his 2 time up to bat was like him winning back to back championships. This disc top to bottom is Classic and I still laugh at dudes trying to throw rocks at this masterpiece. Is it perfect? Of course not, no double disc is but it's the Closest to perfect a Double Disc can get in Hip Hop.


    Some Interesting "Life After Death" Stats:

    *It made the Largest Jump in Billboard 200 Chart History when it jumped 178 spots to #1.
    *"Hypnotize & Mo Money, Mo Problems" made Biggie the only artist to have more than one Posthumous #1 single
    * Guinness Book of World Records entry as the 1st Hardcore Rap Album to be certified Diamond, Highest Certified East coast and New York album ever
    *All 3 Singles got a RIAA Certification (Hypnotize-Platinum, Mo Money, Mo Problems - Platinum, Sky's The Limit/Goin Back To Cali - Gold
    *Top 15 Highest 1st Week Sales for a Rap Album All Time
  • tompetrez3tompetrez3 Posts: 6,626 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Well Biggie was on his 2 LP, Tupac was on his 4th, Bone was on their 3rd. Wu was on their 2nd as a group but dropped mad solo LP's in between that album and Master P was like on his 4th or 5th at that point. The fact Biggie bodied 2 disc on his 2 time up to bat was like him winning back to back championships. This disc top to bottom is Classic and I still laugh at dudes trying to throw rocks at this masterpiece. Is it perfect? Of course not, no double disc is but it's the Closest to perfect a Double Disc can get in Hip Hop.

    he didnt body 2 discs because nobody bumps this shit. nothing on LAD gets airplay like the shit from AEOM does. i wasnt joking when i asked what bangers are on this forgettable ass album. what the fuck is really on this album? rip off from 80s funk hits and more fake mafioso tales. where is that NY rider music at like how what pac had on AEOM. Pac killing him on everytrack on AEOM while he rapping about shitting on childrens chests, fucking them in the ass and tossing them over the bridge.
    nothing is classic about LAD. and you sitting there talking about lyricism like biggie was somekind of fucking feared rapper. GTFOH. jada and jay z at him on this album. mase too. LAD has no harder quotes than what deck dropped on triumph. biggie was not flowing out his mind like Ghost, Rae and Deck did on wu forever. RZA productions shits all over them 80s hits rip off beats that were on LAD. LAD aint no fucking classic.
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  • KidLife10200KidLife10200 Posts: 1,075
    edited March 2011
    Wack album FTL...
  • rapmastermindrapmastermind Entertainment/Pop Culture/Media Analyst New York CityPosts: 5,574 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    greates double disc ever, i prefer this more than ready to die

    It's a tough debate. I think "Ready To Die" is more represents the "Old School becoming New School" and "Life After Death" represents "The Future". I go back and forth with which one I love more but I think "Ready To Die" is the better album for what it did for Eastcoast/New York Hip Hop. But it's hard, you can clearly see the influence of "Life After Death" even in today's music. Ready To Die is pure, raw and uncut Biggie (Neo when he 1st got to the Matrix). Life After Death (Neo after he mastered the Matrix) Biggie had the "Glow" as Jada said. I consider the albums like Hip Hop's Finest "Trilogy" since it's 3 Disc. I like what Jay Said about both albums:


    "Ready To Die was before the success and the struggles of life, Life After Death was after the success and what comes with that success good and bad, he didn't sugar coat either view. He really did give you both perspectives"
  • darkraindarkrain Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Randy Badazz Alpert: "Over the years I was approached by Ice Cube, Easy E, Vanilla Ice, and maybe another 4-5 artists to use the song and I never said yes until I heard a rough version of Biggie's recording. I was sent a cassette from Puffy and when I cranked it up I not only immediately loved it but my gut thought that this could be a #1 record once again. The original 'Rise' record climbed the chart all summer and became #1 around the end of October. Biggie's version was released and charted its first week at #2 and went to #1 the second week."

  • rapmastermindrapmastermind Entertainment/Pop Culture/Media Analyst New York CityPosts: 5,574 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    tompetrez3 wrote: »
    he didnt body 2 discs because nobody bumps this shit. nothing on LAD gets airplay like the shit from AEOM does. i wasnt joking when i asked what bangers are on this forgettable ass album. what the fuck is really on this album? rip off from 80s funk hits and more fake mafioso tales. where is that NY rider music at like how what pac had on AEOM. Pac killing him on everytrack on AEOM while he rapping about shitting on childrens chests, fucking them in the ass and tossing them over the bridge.
    nothing is classic about LAD. and you sitting there talking about lyricism like biggie was somekind of fucking feared rapper. GTFOH. jada and jay z at him on this album. mase too. LAD has no harder quotes than what deck dropped on triumph. biggie was not flowing out his mind like Ghost, Rae and Deck did on wu forever. RZA productions shits all over them 80s hits rip off beats that were on LAD. LAD aint no fucking classic.

    LOL @ "Nobody Bumps This" cause albums that go DIAMOND sit on shelves and collect dust, lol. It's 14 years later and people talk about how they will never get tired of this masterpiece. "LAD" Singles still get play till this day. And I already discussed this in another thread, Why did "LAD" get certified Diamond before "AEOM"??? hmmmmmmmmmm.

    60,000 people rapping word for word "Mo Money, Mo Problems" yet nobody bumps this?, LOL.
  • darkraindarkrain Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Randy Badazz Alpert - "When I first met Biggie before they recorded Hypnotize he played me a demo version with him doing the girl's part. I still have that cassette demo and it's definitely a classic piece of rap history."

    I would love to hear this demo where Biggie was doing the girl's part.
  • rapmastermindrapmastermind Entertainment/Pop Culture/Media Analyst New York CityPosts: 5,574 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    darkrain wrote: »
    Randy Badazz Alpert: "Over the years I was approached by Ice Cube, Easy E, Vanilla Ice, and maybe another 4-5 artists to use the song and I never said yes until I heard a rough version of Biggie's recording. I was sent a cassette from Puffy and when I cranked it up I not only immediately loved it but my gut thought that this could be a #1 record once again. The original 'Rise' record climbed the chart all summer and became #1 around the end of October. Biggie's version was released and charted its first week at #2 and went to #1 the second week."



    Yea I read somewhere that he said he wasn't even into Rap like that but Biggie track blew him away and he cleared the sampled instantly. Speaking of Samples. "LAD" had amazing production, the samples used were some really Classic Songs:

    Disc 1

    ‘Suicidal Thoughts’ by The Notorious B.I.G.
    Sampled in ‘Life After Death (Intro)’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘In the Rain’ by The Dramatics
    Sampled in ‘Somebody’s Gotta Die’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘Rise’ by Herb Alpert
    Sampled in ‘Hypnotize’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen
    ‘La-Di-Da-Di’ by Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh
    Interpolated in ‘Hypnotize’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘I Put A Spell On You’ by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
    Sampled in ‘Kick in the Door’
    Produced by DJ Premier
    ‘Unbelievable’ by The Notorious B.I.G.
    Sampled in ‘Kick in the Door’
    Produced by DJ Premier
    ‘Get Money’ by Junior M.A.F.I.A.
    Sampled in ‘Kick in the Door’
    Produced by DJ Premier

    ‘I Love You More’ by Rene & Angela
    Sampled in ‘I Love the Dough’
    Produced by Easy Mo Bee

    ‘P.S.K. What Does It Mean?’ by Schoolly D
    Sampled in ‘B.I.G. Interlude’
    Produced by The Hitmen

    ‘I’m Coming Out’ by Diana Ross
    Sampled in ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘I’m Glad You’re Mine’ by Al Green
    Sampled in ‘I Got a Story to Tell’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    Disc 2

    ‘More Than Love’ by Ohio Players
    Sampled in ‘Notorious Thugs’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘Missing You’ by Diana Ross
    Sampled in ‘Miss U’
    Produced by Kay Gee

    ‘Another Man’ by Barbara Mason
    Sampled in ‘Another’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘More Bounce to the Ounce’ by Zapp
    Sampled in ‘Going Back to Cali’
    Produced by Easy Mo Bee

    ‘Valantra’ by Les McCann
    Sampled in ‘Ten Crack Commandments’
    Produced by DJ Premier

    ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ by Public Enemy
    Sampled in ‘Ten Crack Commandments’
    Produced by DJ Premier

    ‘Hey! Love’ by The Delfonics
    Sampled in ‘Playa Hater’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘Cavern’ by Liquid Liquid
    Sampled in ‘Nasty Boy’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘Keep On’ by D. Train
    Sampled in ‘Sky’s the Limit’
    Produced by Clark Kent
    ‘My Flame’ by Bobby Caldwell
    Sampled in ‘Sky’s the Limit’
    Produced by Clark Kent

    ‘Space Talk’ by Asha Puthli
    Sampled in ‘The World Is Filled…’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen
    ‘The What’ by The Notorious B.I.G.
    Sampled in ‘The World Is Filled…’
    Produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs & The Hitmen

    ‘The Letter’ by Al Green
    Sampled in ‘Long Kiss Goodnight’
    Produced by RZA
  • genocide_cuttergenocide_cutter Posts: 7,748 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Yes its a classic
  • juelz21juelz21 dwo Posts: 2,456 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    LOL @ "Nobody Bumps This" cause albums that go DIAMOND sit on shelves and collect dust, lol. It's 14 years later and people talk about how they will never get tired of this masterpiece. "LAD" Singles still get play till this day. And I already discussed this in another thread, Why did "LAD" get certified Diamond before "AEOM"??? hmmmmmmmmmm.

    60,000 people rapping word for word "Mo Money, Mo Problems" yet nobody bumps this?, LOL.

    and how come pac outsold biggie off one album and that album was all eyez on me hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • juelz21juelz21 dwo Posts: 2,456 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    all eyez on me >> life after death.
  • rapmastermindrapmastermind Entertainment/Pop Culture/Media Analyst New York CityPosts: 5,574 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    juelz21 wrote: »
    and how come pac outsold biggie off one album and that album was all eyez one hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Biggie went Diamond on his 2nd LP at the Beginning of his Career. Comparing him to Pac on his 4th LP doesn't really fly. Both LP's are CLASSIC but to me Big was better on his Double Disc, he experimented more with production and styles. A song like "Notorious Thugs" shows you how versitle Biggie was on his double. Pac wasn't doing no midwest flow on his album.



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    Let's not forget Biggie killed it on the West Coast Flow also:
  • tompetrez3tompetrez3 Posts: 6,626 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    fuck all you johnny come lately LAD dickriders. yall dont know shit about 97 to even call this album a classic. quick question. how is it a classic when all you niggas in here woofing about disc 1 better than disc 2. AEOM can play straight through. WTF can play straight through. Tru 2 Da Game can play straight through. i dont care about no diamond certification or no #1 singles because the album is fuled by full samples of previous funk hits. LAD was nothing but a double disk of 80s funk karaoke and adlib style. none of the hooks on the albuim were original. everything was bitten. so fuck no this album wasnt classic in 97. dont mention LAD in the same breath with War Report. hell no LAD aint fucking with wu tang forever. hell no LAD aint fucking with Silent Weapons. LAD cant even compare to Harlem World. LAD damn sure aint harder than Chapter 1 or Tru 2 Da Game. just cause the nigga dead dont mean we gotta hold this shit up like a beacon. nate dogg died. i havent read one g funk classics 13th anniversary does this album get old thread from you. niggas sit here and talk about whats your phone number. no album with garbage ass songs like another bitch and nasty boy can be called a classic. what about that tone deaf player hater song. ghost just showed delphonics crazy love on ironman with a actual hook from them. biggie shits all over one of the greatest soul tracks with him cease and puff having 4 play on the mic before a gay orgy. LAD wasnt shit in 97 and aint shit now.
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  • KidLife10200KidLife10200 Posts: 1,075
    edited March 2011
    Biggie went diamond cause he got killed dumbass.

    And besides he on;y had two albums to choose from so why not get his newest one.

    Pac sold more albums overall.
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