The soundtrack to the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious is a welcome surprise. Selections from the past (a bunch of old hits plus some wonderfully raw demos) and the present (Jay-Z's infectious collabo with Santogold) along with a hint of the legacy's future (an appearance from Biggie's son, Christopher "CJ" Wallace, Jr.) are sequenced in a way that avoids any of the bombast or misguided majesty of Born Again or Duets, the other posthumous releases from the Bad Boy label. Best example, the album's strength can be found in the Biggie Jr. and Faith Evans track where departed father, widow, and son collaborate thanks to studio trickery. This "Legacy Remix" plays it casual, effortlessly mixing melancholy, nostalgia, and pride for something pleasingly smaller than Diddy's "I'll Be Missing You," which is notably absent. The Jadakiss track is heartfelt while Danny Elfman's short theme music winds up a wonderful noir dream, transporting listeners back in time and to a golden age Brooklyn. It's an ideal set up for the raw demos that follow, all of which sound better than any previous bootleg. Closing with a track called "Love No Ho" may see counterintuitive for an album honoring a late, great cultural icon, but for a man who truly lived the thug life and told its stories like few others could, it's a perfectly Biggie move. Don't think of it as the ultimate set or the best possible introduction, but the Notorious soundtrack is the closest the Bad Boy label has come to capturing the man's true spirit. [The Notorious soundtrack was also made available in a clean version with all explicit material removed.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
Label: Bad Boy
UPC: 0075678968426
catalogNumber: 517667

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Total   Vocals
Faith Evans   Vocals
Carl Thomas   Vocals
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Various
Krayzie Bone   Vocals
Tim McKasty   Keyboards
Pam Long   Background Vocals
Bizzy Bone   Vocals
Layzie Bone   Vocals
Paragon   Various
Tony Aliperti   Bass,Guitar
Jeff Bhasker   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Notorious B.I.G.   Executive Producer
Andy Armer   Composer
Steve Bartek   Orchestration
Easy Mo Bee   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Cassel   Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Audio Production,Producer,Executive Producer
DJ Premier   Producer,Audio Production
Hal David   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer
Ben Garrison   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
André Harrell   Executive Producer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Rich July   Engineer
Simon LeBon   Composer
James Mtume   Composer
(Taz) Machera   Engineer
Manny Marroquin   Engineer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Axel Niehaus   Engineer
Michael Patterson   Engineer
Nick Rhodes   Composer
T. Shaw   Composer
Mark Siegell   Executive Producer
Richard Travali   Engineer
K. Walker   Composer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Mario Winans   Programming
Faith Evans   Executive Producer
Rasheed Goodlowe   Engineer
Nasheim Myrick   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
J. Taylor   Composer
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Composer,Audio Production
Stevie J.   Producer,Audio Production
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Rashad Smith   Producer,Audio Production
David Slonaker   Orchestration
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Kevin Weaver   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Lorrenn Argumendes   Engineer
Stephen Dent   Engineer
Lynn Montrose   Engineer
Anthony Henderson   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Producer,Audio Production
Diana Pedraza   Engineer
Harve Pierre   Executive Producer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool   Producer,Audio Production
Richard "Younglord" Frierson   Audio Production
Paragon   Audio Production
Edgardo Simone   Orchestration
M. James   Composer
Voletta Wallace   Executive Producer
Denaun Porter   Composer
Randy Alpert   Composer
Santi White   Composer
Mario Alberto Rodriguez   Engineer
Jay Hawkins   Composer
Plain Pat   Audio Production
Wayne Barrow   Executive Producer
Carolyn Tracey   Package Production
Duane "Darock" Ramos   Vocal Engineer
Kamala Salmon   Marketing
Jesus "Poobs" Fernandez   Vocal Engineer
Hitman DJ 50 Gran   Audio Production
Justin Sampson   Engineer
C.J. Wallace   Composer
L. Carlton   Composer
J. Guerin   Composer
M. Bennett   Composer
K. Cain   Composer
P. Grant   Composer
M. Small   Composer
J. Phillips   Composer
B. West   Composer
Steven Jordan   Composer
C. Martin   Composer
D. Ramos   Composer
N. Hall   Composer
Needlz   Audio Production
G. Guthrie   Composer
D. Vanderpool   Composer
F. Evans   Composer
J. Oliver   Composer
J. Sample   Composer
T. Scott   Composer
Steven Howse   Composer
Rob Gold   Art Manager
Osten Harvey   Composer
Bryon McCane   Composer

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