Born Again is the first posthumous compilation album by American rapper the Notorious B.I.G., released by Bad Boy Records and Arista Records on December 7, 1999. It is composed primarily of early recorded verses with newer beats and guest rappers
The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 485,000 albums sold in the first week, and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA on January 14, 2000 and has sold over 2,350,000 copies in the United States. Born Again received generally mixed reviews from music critics.
The album generally received mixed reviews from critics. In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Touré wrote that the “album won’t damage his legacy. But Born Again won’t improve that legacy much, either.” Rob Sheffield later wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide, “the posthumous Born Again proved Biggie was still dead, but his place in the MCs Hall of Fame remains untouchable.” Robert Christgau, who gave the release a “dud” rating, later wrote, “Remember that posthumous outtakes CD Bad Boy attributed to Biggie? No? Good then—it was foul, not just ill shit but stupid ill shit.”
Credits adapted from the album’s liner notes.
1.”Born Again” (Intro)Christopher Wallace
Harve “Joe Hooker” Pierre
2.”Notorious B.I.G.” (featuring Lil’ Kim and Puff Daddy)
Daven “Prestige” Vanderpool
3.”Dead Wrong” (featuring Eminem)
Osten Harvey Jr.
Mario “Yellow Man” Winans
Easy Mo Bee[d]
4.”Hope You Niggas Sleep” (featuring Cash Money Millionaires)
Easy Mo Bee[d]
5.”Dangerous MC’s” (featuring Mark Curry, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes)
Dominick “Nottz” Lamb
6.”Biggie” (performed by Junior M.A.F.I.A.)
Ramahn “Jer-Z” Herbert
Clemont “Cash Us Clay” Mack
8.”Big Booty Hoes” (featuring Too $hort)
9.”Would You Die for Me” (featuring Lil’ Kim and Puff Daddy)
10.”Come On” (featuring Sadat X)
DJ Clark Kent
11.”Rap Phenomenon” (featuring Method Man & Redman)
12.”Let Me Get Down” (featuring G-Dep, Craig Mack and Missy Elliott)
Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie
13.”Tonight” (featuring Mobb Deep and Joe Hooker)
Chris “Cornbread” Cresco
14.”If I Should Die Before I Wake” (featuring Black Rob, Ice Cube and Beanie Sigel)
Eric “Coptic” Matlock
Garrette “Blake” Smith[b]
15.”Who Shot Ya?”
16.”Can I Get Witcha” (featuring Lil’ Cease)
- Ed Fox
- Alan Scott
18.”Ms. Wallace” (Outro)Voletta Wallace
- Voletta Wallace
- ^[a] signifies a co-producer
- ^[b] signifies an additional producer
- ^[c] signifies a vocal producer
- ^[d] signifies the original producer
Notes/Vocal sample sources
- Biggie’s vocals from “Notorious” come from “Real Niggaz (Freestyle)”
- Biggie’s vocals from “Dead Wrong” come from “Dead Wrong» (Original Version) (1994)”
- Biggie’s vocals from “Hope You Niggas Sleep” come from “Dead Wrong» (Original Version) (1994)”
- Biggie’s vocals from “Niggas” come from “Niggas (Original Version)”
- Biggie’s vocals from “Big Booty Hoes” come from “Bust A Nuke” by Luke ft. Notorious BIG (1996)
- Biggie’s vocals from “Would You Die for Me?” come from “Friend of Mine”
- Biggie’s vocals from “Come On” come from “Come On» (Original Version) (1994)”
- Biggie’s vocals from “Rap Phenomenon»” come from “Kick In The Door?” and “The What”
- Biggie’s vocals from “Let Me Get Down” come from “Let Me Get Down” (Original Version) with Craig Mack
- Biggie’s vocals from “Tonight” come from “Long Kiss Goodnight”
- Biggie’s vocals from “If I Should Die Before I Wake” come from “Stop The Breaks” by Ron G ft. Killa Sin, KRS-1, Notorious BIG & Raekwon
- Biggie’s vocals from “I Really Want to Show You” come from “Everyday Struggle”
- “Notorious B.I.G.” contains a sample of “Notorious“, performed by Duran Duran.
- “Dead Wrong” contains a sample of “I’m Glad You’re Mine”, performed by Al Green.
- “Biggie” contains a sample of “Hang Your Head in Shame”, performed by New York City.
- “Big Booty Hoes” contains a sample of “Crab Apple”, performed by Idris Muhammad from the album Turn This Mutha Out.
- “Would You Die for Me” contains a sample of “Kiss“, performed by Prince.
- “Come On” contains a sample of “For Mama”, performed by Doc Severinsen and excerpts from the film Harlem Nights.
- “Rap Phenomenon” contains a sample from “Risin’ to the Top” performed by Keni Burke.
- “Let Me Get Down” contains a sample of “Love Serenade (Part II)”, performed by Barry White from the album Just Another Way to Say I Love You.
- “Tonight” contains a sample of “Just Say Just Say”, performed by Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross from the album Diana & Marvin.
- “If I Should Die Before I Wake” contains a sample of “This Is for the Lover in You“, performed by Shalamar.
- “Who Shot Ya?” contains a sample of “I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is Over”, performed by David Porter.
- “Can I Get Witcha” contains a sample of “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)” performed by Bell & James, “Humpin'” performed by The Gap Band and “Life Will Pass You By” performed by Faith Evans.
- “I Really Want to Show You” “Charisma” by Tom Browne and contains interpolations of “Come and Talk to Me”, performed by Jodeci.
- “Niggas” contains a sample of “(Don’t Worry) if There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go” by Curtis Mayfield.
Year End Charts
- ^ Farley, Keith. “Born Again- The Notorious B.I.G.” AllMusic. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- ^ Greene, Jayson (March 9, 2017). “The Notorious B.I.G.: Born Again”. Pitchfork. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
- ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). “Notorious B.I.G.”. In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 592. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
- ^ “American certifications – Mack, Craig – Funk Da World”. Recording Industry Association of America.
- ^ “Notorious B.I.G.: Born Again : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone”. Rolling Stone. 20 January 2000. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- ^ Bracket, Nathan with Christian Hoard, ed. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York: Fireside. p. 592. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
- ^ Christgau, Robert. “Nas: Consumer Guide Reviews: The Lost Tapes”. The Consumer Guide. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
- ^ Born Again (booklet). Bad Boy, Arista. 1999.
- ^ “Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline” (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- ^ “Dutchcharts.nl – NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – BORN AGAIN (ALBUM)” (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- ^ “Notorious B.I.G. | Artist | Official Charts”. UK Albums Chart. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- ^ “The Notorious B.I.G. Chart History (Billboard200)”. Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- ^ “The Notorious B.I.G. Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)”. Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
- ^ “Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2000”. Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
- ^ “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2000”. Billboard. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
- ^ “American album certifications – Notorious B.I.G. – Born Again”. Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
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