Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death, the last album released by Biggie Smalls two weeks after his untimely passing. Spanning 24 songs over a double disc, the work features Biggie rapping about his luxurious living along with the awareness of the attention and envy fame and success brings.
Though Biggie would never get to see the tremendous impact his last album would have on the world, his legacy lives on and the singles released from the album would still carry on the party for years to come.
Check out the videos from the album below:
“Hypnotize” was the last single released by Biggie before his passing. Entering the Billboard Hot 100 charts at No. 2, it would eventually go to No. 1 in May of 1997. Heralded as one of the greatest hip-hop singles of all time, the video features a young Biggie and Puff Daddy in a high speed chase from illusive men in black.
“Mo Money Mo Problems”
Released posthumously, the second single off the album, “Mo Money Mo Problems” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997. Though filmed in various bright scenes and even a golf course featuring Puff and Mase, a clip of Notorious B.I.G. plays where he notes, “The more money you make, the more problems you get. And jealously and envy, that’s something that comes with the territory.”
“Sky’s the Limit”
The single, produced by DJ Clark Kent and featuring 112 on the hook, was released late 1997 and reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles and No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video depicts adorable kid versions of Biggie, Puff, and (and even Faith Evans!) living a lavish lifestyle with all of their young friends.
By Ashley Lyle
Courtesy of Billboard