On this day, March 25, in hip-hop history...

Bad Boy Records
Bad Boy Records

1997: On March 25, 1997, hip-hop mourned the loss of Brooklyn MC The Notorious B.I.G. with the release of his second and final studio album, Life After Death. With Biggie's death on March 9, 1997 still fresh on their minds, fans of the drug dealer-turned-ghetto superstar devoured the double disc project upon its release. Picking up right where his debut album Ready to Die left off, Life After Death birthed smash singles such as "Hypnotize," "Mo Money, Mo Problems" and "Sky's the Limit."

Much like the last song title suggests, B.I.G took his creativity to new heights with his sophomore LP. Themes of Life After Death include a hardcore mafioso vibe and subliminal references to rap rivals. Notorious took lyrical jabs at Nas, Raekwon, DJ Premier and more in songs like "Kick in the Door" to assert himself as "sicker than your average" MC and the true King of New York.

The 24-track double disc was released under Bad Boy Entertainment and boasts features from Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Mase and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. As a symbol of the East Coast sound, Life After Death serves as a monument to The Notorious B.I.G.'s talent.

Life After Death was certified diamond in record sales by RIAA in 2000 and 21 years later, it still stands as a rap classic. Check out XXL's anniversary coverage of the late great Notorious B.I.G. here.

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