In Hip Hop History Today “The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death was released” March 25, 1997
The Notorious B.I.G.’s second and final studio album Life After Death was released March 25, 1997 on Bad Boy Records. A double album, it was released posthumously following his death on March 9, 1997. It features 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 acts as a sequel to his debut 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 a landmark in hip hop music. In 2003, the album was ranked number 483 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. R.I.P Notorious B.I.G. Listen to Life After Death above.