Ol' Dirty Bastard stormed the stage at the Grammy's during Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech to protest losing his award to Puff Daddy, but honestly, No Way Out is a pretty incredible album. It has an epic scope, well-(ghost)written lyrics, classic singles and an overarching aesthetic instrumental in transforming hip-hop into the all-encompassing Billboard-conquering monster it became for the next several years. But it's also not as good as Life After Death. Puffy had personality, ambition and vision, but as a rapper, he never had the style, the presence or the swagger Biggie brought to the table. The Grammy committee disagreed.
Puffy's No Way Out beats Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death