The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death (1997)
Roc Marciano: “That’s B.I.G. at his best. He’s more calm, and more confident than on Ready To Die. I love Ready To Die too, but he did what Nas had done with Illmatic. What Nas had done with Illmatic, he did that for the 2000s. Like after that, this is gonna be the future. There’s gonna be dudes rapping at the highest level possible, and rapping over all kinds of production though.
“He was like, ‘I’m gonna kill a joint with Bone Thugs. I’m gonna kill some shit with R. Kelly.’ It’s just sophisticated, next level. The shit RZA did, Havoc came through. And then you had those other sexy tracks with it. It gave you everything you need in an album. I feel like that’s something I have to conquer next. I need to make a Life After Death, or more well-rounded than that, if it’s possible. ‘Sky’s The Limit,’ everything that was on that shit. B.I.G. was golden.”