Notorious, the soundtrack

I’ll spare you passing any judgment on Notorious, the movie, since I’ve yet to actually see it, other than to note that I can’t imagine it’ll be any good.

I know… there’s been some positive buzz about it, and even about Gravy’s performance as Biggie, from people who somehow got to see it early. But I’m not buying it, and neither should you. Obviously, these are people whose livelihoods depend on them pretending people like Diddy are geniuses. Whereas, you guys know you can trust my opinion, since I don’t have any livelihood to speak of. Things have gotten so dire around these parts as of late that I’ve taken to eating random garbage from my pantry. None of it’s particularly new, but I’m thinking I may have actually developed an immunity to botulism. Some of this shit, I’m not even sure if it’s mine, or if it was there when I moved in.

But I digress.

Now where were we? Ah yes, the soundtrack to this new Biggie movie. Could this be Diddy’s last good opportunity’s to eat off of Biggie’s corpse? (No Boutros.) There’s already been the two disc re-release of Ready to Die; a Biggie’s greatest hits album; another album which I believe was supposed to be more along the lines of a Bad Boy’s greatest hits album, and which I’m sure had at least a few Biggie records on it; and those two albums where he sent out a capellas of relatively obscure Biggie records to seemingly any ol’ bullshit rappers and producers and let them record posthumous Nat King Cole-style duets with him. This has gotta be it, right?

Based on the tracklisting, which hit the Internets earlier this week, I’d say he’s definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel. It actually reminds me of one of those albums you would be suckered into buying back in the 1990s, because there was one song on it featuring an artist you actually liked, or because the artist was a weed carrier for an artist you actually like, or because it had 20 or 25 songs on it, so you figured it would be an especially good bang for your buck. Don’t front, if you were unfortunate enough to spend that entire decade buying CDs, unaware that shit would all be free 10 years later, you’ve probably got an entire collection full of shit like that.

The bulk of the tracklisting for the Notorious soundtrack consists of classic Biggie records we’ve all heard a million times before, many of which are just tracks from Ready to Die and Life After Death. Why in the world they would include so many songs from those albums, when everyone and their grandma probably already has them on a CD somewhere is beyond me. Presumably, they couldn’t come up with enough “exclusive” shit to pad out a CD. A few other ones are somewhat harder to come by, like Party and Bullshit, from the Who’s the Man soundtrack; the DeBarge remix of “One More Chance,” which you’d probably have to buy on a cassingle or some shit; and that teh ghey-ass song “Notorious,” from Born Again.

I can’t claim to have any of those handy, but if I just had to have them, I can’t imagine they’d be too difficult to find on the Internets. Even if I actually paid for them, which I wouldn’t, it would only run me $3, and I wouldn’t have to sweat paying any extra for a bunch of shit I’ve already paid for at least once before, if not a few times at this point. Not to go off on a tangent here, but what sense does it make to pay money to download some shit you already bought once back in the 1990s? Even if it’s something I haven’t bought before, I figure I’ve contributed enough money to the recording industry at this point in my life.

In addition to that worthless bullshit, there are a few new tracks. I’m sure you fruits probably heard that meh, new Jay-Z and Santogold record the other day. I didn’t go over it with a fine tooth comb myself, but I don’t recall there being anything about it that suggests it was definitely recorded as a tribute to Biggie. It sounds like it might have been some garbage from the aborted sessions for the Blueprint 3. Like maybe Jay had Kanye bring in Santogold, aka the fake MIA, in a cynical attempt to rip off “Swagger Like Us.” This would also lend credence to my theory that Def Jam has drastically cut back the amount they’re willing to spend to produce an album, if they weren’t even willing to shell out for the real MIA.

Speaking of throwaways, we happen to know for a fact that Jadakiss’ “Letter to B.I.G.” was originally intended for his own upcoming release, The Last Kiss. But supposedly, Diddy heard it and thought it would be better suited for the Notorious soundtrack. This despite the fact that Diddy is pretending to be the boss of some other label than the one Jadakiss is recording for these days. Does this mean that Jadakiss’ album budgets are still going directly to Diddy, to help Jada pay down the advance he received for “All About the Benjamins” or some shit? Damn.

At least we know Jadakiss is capable of rapping. We can’t say the same about Biggie’s son with Faith Evans, 12 year-old Biggie Jr, aka CJ, who supposedly kicks a rap on a new version of “One More Chance.” No, really. Obvious problems with this: 1) I don’t want to hear a 12 year-old rap, even if it’s the 12 year-old son of Biggie. Call me when he’s 23. Nullus. 2) Why “One More Chance,” of all songs? What’s this kid gonna be rapping about, fucking girls? This could be worse than when Ghostface and his son rapped about running a train on a broad. 3) Two different versions of “One More Chance” on the same album? No, thank you.

Finally, lest you think I’m completely down on this album, there are three songs I’m somewhat eager to listen to. Supposedly, the Notorious soundtrack will include three never before heard Biggie records – demos recorded back before he got his big break with motherfucking Diddy. The titles didn’t sound familiar to me, but I wonder if these aren’t just the same demos that have been floating around the Internets for years now. If you notice, there’s hardly been any great, unreleased Biggie material released since he kicked the bucket. I wonder, what are the odds that there were three great lost Biggie records, and Diddy has been holding on to them all this time?

  • geico lizard

    “Don’t front, if you were unfortunate enough to spend that entire decade buying CDs, unaware that shit would all be free 10 years later, you’ve probably got an entire collection full of shit like that” The only reason i dont have that shit laying around is because i was so broke i sold my tapes and cd’s to a used record place for about 20% of what i actually paid for them back then. As far as that digging in the cupboards for cans of old food with dust on them dont read the date or you wont be able to finish your meal.

  • Justice4All

    At this juction in the game, who cares about another “Biggie” album? That’s the problem withthe music industry now, they think the comsumer is stupid (atleast most of us are not), and they try to ram recylced garbage in our ipods. This further explains the fact that when creativity is at an all time low, non crativity is at an all time high…thus, a “Notorious” soundtrack. Almost sounds like a 2pac soundtrack with garbage vocals that he would have trashed himself if would have lived another 48 hours to get to the hard drive in Can Am Studios.

  • Pierzy

    Wow, Bol not a fan of something? What a shock. There is a mixtape floating around of BIG’s demo (part of which got him into Unsigned Hype), so if that’s what will be on the album, that won’t be new either.

  • JAY STONE

    That jay new single is actually a soundtrack to a new movie dumbass

  • giantstepp

    Biggie didnt have a boatload of unreleased material. No way would D-Piddy (yeah D-piddy)not got paid off of it after 10 years if it was there. I luv Pac to death, but Im tired of hearing remakes of old shit with dudes that had no direct connection with him. Let the dude RIP and leave that so-called unreleased shit alone. It wasnt put out for a reason. The fact that this hasnt happened with B.I.G is an indicator that he didnt blow up the studio like Pac did.

  • Josh

    You just broke down my teen-age years in 2 sentences:

    It actually reminds me of one of those albums you would be suckered into buying back in the 1990s, because there was one song on it featuring an artist you actually liked, or because the artist was a weed carrier for an artist you actually like, or because it had 20 or 25 songs on it, so you figured it would be an especially good bang for your buck. Don’t front, if you were unfortunate enough to spend that entire decade buying CDs, unaware that shit would all be free 10 years later, you’ve probably got an entire collection full of shit like that.

    • Simple like ABC, 123

      Co-sign

      :(

      • amar

        I still have the soundtrack to the 1st “Bad Boys” Will Smith and Martin Lawrence movie. Enough said…

  • DV8

    this soundtrack may be the equivelent to Tupac: Resurrection SMH

  • Ace the Asshole

    “I don’t want to hear a 12 year old rap. Not even if its the 12 year old son of Biggie.”

    Damn Bol, let’s pause and imagine the horrible backlash that this may cause to young Christophers self-esteem. If he’s good, he’ll only be remembered as Biggie’s son, and never get credit for being a talent little rapping ass kid. If he sucks, wow, the internet hounds and junkies, the B.I.G. die hards are going to eat this kids self-worth like so many pizza slices and cupcakes. His mom should see this coming. Fuck money, save the children at all cost. I’m an asshole, and even I don’t condone exposing his adolescent mind to the cannibalistic rap game. If it were up to Diddy, CJ is probably gearing up to sign the contract as we speak. Look how Shyne had to garner his (deserved) respect for the most part. He was labeled a clone for the longest. I can’t perceive this working out good for any persons involved, unless all proceeds are going to Biggie affiliated charties and his family. Biggie’s dead, Tupac’s dead, Elvis is dead, Bruce Lee’s dead.

  • Matt Herbz

    I’m sick of all this regurgitated shit. All a Biggie fan needs is Ready To Die, Life After Death, and Born Again. Sorry, but that’s really all there is. I always felt like the Biggie Duets were trash. I don’t like mash-ups. Fuck Puffy.

    –Matt Herbz–

    • amar

      i like that house of pain song with 2pac and nas though

  • Stockholm Stunner

    yo Bol, great post dude! Just remembered all those cds I boughtm 2500 bucks down the drain…Fuck diddy!

  • Worley

    Diddy the graverobber. It’s a sham(e).

  • Sleepy Wonder

    Bol, You’re A Moron For Comparing Santogold To Stupid Ass M.I.A.

    • BGZ

      Don’t diss M.I.A. cuz she’s the daughter-in-law of the TI’s of Warner Music and they will get you exterminated by ex-Mossad agents.
      If I was Diddy I would make sure Cassie is clean downstairs; I shaved my balls once and hit a girl with some hair on, shit was unconfortable.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    One word… Cassingle

    Cassingles are the little balls of lint that get cauht up in Cassie;s choch hairs.

    Cassingleberries.

  • H-LO

    Cheap move – attacking Diddy. Sadly, not everybody can think for themself…

    I can’t understand why everybody fronts like mad because Puffy (that’s the answer, because Puffy) has released 2(!) posthumous albums in 10 the ten years after. And none seems half as mad about the ten zillion 2Pac releases littering his catalog. Sure they’re both ultimately inessential, but even if he failed with projects like the Duet Album, at least he put some effort in it and tried to come up with an original concept. And releasing a Greatest Hits only like ten years after isn’t precisely what I consider a sin or cashing-in either. The thing is, though , the guy had two perfect albums, so no one needs a best of. A Compilation containing all the songs with cameos by him for example would be a welcome addition (if it was possible). The most essential cds (next to his albums) I’ve come across are that Green Lantern rap phenomenon mixtape and Lil Kim’s Hardcore.

    Of course did Diddy have his missteps, especially between his first and last solo album, but at his best he was one of hip-hop’s greatest visionaries, pushing the music on higher levels, exploring new frontiers as architect behind such elaborate genre bending alltime classics like ‘My Life’ or ‘Life After Death’. Or take Press Play: that album was as progressive as a Roots or Dilla album and the recording quality is par-Dre.

    • amar

      tupac’s ppl release too many albums, said to flood the market with crap, said to suck

      dre takes too long to perfect his album so that he doesn’t release too much crap, but rather a few quality things, said to take too long, said to suck

      kanye releases a moderate amount of albums, tries something new, said to suck

      t.i. releases consistently good albums, gets complaints that he doesn’t write his music but does it off the dome, said to suck

      lil wayne releases a bunch of ok albums, sells a lot of records, said to suck

      who gives a fuck anymore? no matter what u do, ur gonna suck…no?

    • 619

      “Or take Press Play: that album was as progressive as a Roots or Dilla album and the recording quality is par-Dre”. HAHAHAHA! Are you serious? I can’t believe this fool even mentioned Press Play in the same sentence as the Roots, Dilla, or Dre. What the fuck are you smokin’? Damn, hip-hop really is dead.

  • DANJA29

    Nah, the demo joints from what I understand are he real demo songs that got him featured in the Source and signed by Puff. That other “demo” that’s been floating around the net for a while was stuff he recorded after Puff signed him that never came out. The only thing that’s on that “demo” that’s the same as the real demo is the lyrics on that “Another Rough One” track.

  • Smel

    The soundtrack’s not for us.

    They put all that old shit on the soundtrack to indoctrinate a whole new generation (i.e. kids born in 1998) to the B.I.G. repertoire -Elvis style.

    Like how Graceland allows a few Elvis songs to be available for commercial use every now and then. Gotta get the young kids interested in the legacy to ensure future income.

  • geico lizard

    Derek Luke is one of the few actors in this movie so i know it will stink because these rappers and singers cant act.

  • Enlightened

    On the few trailers I’ve seen, they have the dude that’s playing 2Pac constantly walking around with one of those “whatchu talking ’bout Willis” mean-mugs like The Game always used to. I hope he’s not doing that shit the whole time he’s on screen