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Having noted the epic samples used to create The Notorious B.I.G.’s final LP, Life After Death, we couldn’t let the 17th anniversary pass without noting lyrics as well.   

To put it simply, there’s a good reason why Brooklyn native was coined the King of NY (some still reserve that title for the Bad Boy MC). If there was any question about who had the Big Apple in the camel clutch, it was quieted when this lyrically dazzling piece released. An eerie undertone, which proved to be more of a foreshadowing than folklore, guided B.I.G. throughout a double disc containing 24 tracks of dazzling wordplay and intricate story telling.

Had this been a visual album like we see today, we’d definitely need a widescreen for this film-like feature.

Revisit some of the greatest lyrical moments as we called it in the gallery after the jump. Share your personal favorite Notorious B.I.G. lines from Life After Death in the comments.

Photo: Bad Boy

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