Puffy's No Way Out beats Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death
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.