Life After Death: The Legacy of The Notorious B.I.G.
Life After Death is the second and final studio album by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released on March 25, 1997, on Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. It was a double album that 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. [^2^]
The album was a sequel to his first album, Ready to Die, and picked up where the last song, \"Suicidal Thoughts\", ended. It showcased The Notorious B.I.G.'s lyrical skills and storytelling abilities, as he delved into the mafioso rap subgenre. The album also reflected his personal and professional struggles, as he faced legal troubles, media scrutiny, and rivalry with other rappers. [^2^]
Life After Death was released sixteen days after The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in Los Angeles, California, on March 9, 1997. The album sold 690,000 copies in its first week and topped the Billboard 200 chart for four weeks. It also received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1998. The album spawned many hit singles, including \"Hypnotize\", \"Mo Money Mo Problems\", \"Sky's the Limit\", and \"Going Back to Cali\". [^2^] [^1^]
Life After Death is widely considered to be one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It has been certified diamond by the RIAA for selling over 10 million copies in the United States. It has also influenced many artists across different genres and generations. In 2020, it was ranked at No. 179 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. [^2^]
Life After Death is a testament to the talent and legacy of The Notorious B.I.G., who remains one of the most influential and revered rappers in history. As he rapped on the album's intro: \"I'm living life after death\". [^1^]The Notorious B.I.G.'s Impact and Legacy
The Notorious B.I.G. was more than just a rapper. He was a storyteller, a poet, a visionary, and an icon. His music transcended genres and generations, influencing artists from Jay-Z to Kendrick Lamar, from Mary J. Blige to Adele. His lyrics captured the realities and aspirations of urban life, blending street smarts with wit and humor. His flow was versatile and innovative, adapting to different beats and styles. His voice was powerful and charismatic, commanding attention and respect.
Twenty years after his death, The Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy still hypnotizes the world. [^3^] His songs have been sampled, remixed, covered, and parodied by countless musicians. His albums have been certified diamond by the RIAA, selling over 10 million copies each in the United States. His image has been immortalized in murals, statues, paintings, and clothing. His life has been dramatized in films, documentaries, books, and podcasts. His influence has been recognized by critics, fans, peers, and institutions. He has won numerous awards and honors, including four Grammy nominations, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a proclamation of \"Christopher 'The Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace Day\" by the Brooklyn Borough President.
The Notorious B.I.G. was not only a rap legend but a cultural phenomenon. He represented the hopes and struggles of a generation that grew up in the crack era of the 1980s and 1990s. He embodied the spirit of Brooklyn, his hometown that he loved and repped proudly. He bridged the gap between East Coast and West Coast rap, collaborating with artists such as Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. He inspired millions of people around the world with his music and his story.
The Notorious B.I.G. once said: \"I'm living everyday like a hustle / Another drug to juggle / Another day another struggle.\" [^1^] He hustled hard to achieve his dreams and overcome his obstacles. He struggled with poverty, violence, drugs, fame, and enemies. He faced death several times before it finally claimed him at the age of 24. But he never gave up on his passion and his purpose. He left behind a legacy that lives on through his music and his fans. ec8f644aee