Album Review: Notorious Soundtrack

 |  January 10, 2009


With the New Year comes one of the most anticipated movie events from an urban standpoint in quite sometime—and if you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, the film at hand happens to the biography of The Notorious B.I.G. titled what else but; Notorious.

Everyone knows that a movie isn’t complete without its trusty sidekick known as the “soundtrack,” and the musical score for Notorious doesn’t disappoint.

Instead of pairing up ill-fated collaborations with artists that “Frank White” most likely wouldn’t have worked with in the first place, the album contains some new material along with a ton of classics.

From offerings like his first ever recording in ‘Party And Bullsh*t’ to the songs that made him what he is, and what he’ll always be, ‘Notorious Thugs’ featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, ‘Hypnotize,’ ‘One More Chance (Legacy Remix),’ ‘Warning,’ ‘Kick In The Door,’ and of course ‘Juicy.’

For true music collectors (such as this writer), the album also contains unreleased demo tracks like ‘Microphone Murderer,’ ‘Guaranteed Raw,and ‘Love No Ho,where you can catch the glimpse of a young husky-voiced MC from Brooklyn that would ultimately become “King Of New York” along with the Hip-Hop universe.

The two new recordings are ‘Brooklyn Go Hard’ by Jay-Z featuring Santogold, which will also be available on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 album (smart move), and Letter To B.I.G.’ featuring Jadakiss and Faith Evans.

Proving that his [B.I.G.] influence is eternal, the ex-Bad Boy pays his respects behind a somber backdrop and Faith’s harmonizing vocals with lines like, “I’m an impeccable lyricist/with the right mechanics/I can take over, be clear of this/they well aware of Kiss, the light of the city/and I ain’t on the label no more, but I’m tighter with Diddy/up there steppin’ with God/and down here Mister Cee and BK is still reppin’ you hard.”

The Notorious soundtrack is sentimental trip down Hip-Hop’s memory lane filled with timeless pieces of music that will make you remember where you were when you first heard them, as well as a painful reminder of a life and a career tragically cut short due to stupidity and senselessness.

For the younger generation, fans and artists alike, this is the perfect platform to listen to and learn from on how to become a legitimate lyricist, while still having the ability to be a commercial success.

This upcoming March will mark twelve years since his death, and his impact can still clearly be heard even in this new-aged world of instant downloads and ring tone rap. Yes indeed Brooklyn did it again, and We’ll Always Love Big Poppa.

Rating: 5.0