DUETS: THE FINAL CHAPTER

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The Notorious B.I.G.
Duets: The Final Chapter
(Bad Boy/Warner)

Questioning the morality or motives behind Duets: The Final Chapter, the latest in the long line of rap resuscitations, is irrelevant.

True, Biggie protege Diddy stands to add a few more Benjamins to his considerable bank account with the disc which pairs the R.I.P. B.I.G with some of today's hottest hip hop stars -- as well as, tripling your necrophilic fun, the late 2Pac and Bob Marley.

But, just as obviously, there is an element of tribute to the disc, for Diddy and those Notorious influenced, such as Eminem, Obie Trice, The Game and The Clipse.

So let's just call it a wash, and take it as it comes -- as a steady stream of solid club hits and throwaway hip hop filler.

From the beefy Whatchu Want, with Jay-Z, and the funky Missy Elliott teaming on Ultimate Rush to the quite-nice Living In Pain and the sexy, sleazy R. Kelly collabo Mi Casa, the aforementioned 2Pac track, which also features Mary J. Blige and Nas, Diddy has done a fine job making sure the old makes something new.

Mind you, there's nothing you could consider a classic here, or anything seminal Biggie, but neither is there anything that could truly be considered an embarrassment (although, the Korn contribution Wake Up comes close).

So, again, let's call it a wash.

Until the next Final Chapter, anyway.

Track Listing:

1. B.I.G. Live in Jamaica (Intro) [Live] - The Notorious B.I.G.
2. It Has Been Said - Eminem, , The Notorious B.I.G., Obie Trice
3. Spit Your Game - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, , The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Whatchu Want - Jay-Z, , , The Notorious B.I.G.
5. Get Your Grind On - Big Punisher, , , , The Notorious B.I.G.
6. Living the Life - Faith Evans, Ludacris, , The Notorious B.I.G., , Bobby Valentino
7. Greatest Rapper (Interlude) - The Notorious B.I.G.
8. 1970 Somethin' - Faith Evans, , , The Notorious B.I.G.
9. Nasty Girl - Diddy, , , , The Notorious B.I.G.,
10. Living in Pain - Mary J. Blige, Nas, , The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac
11. I'm with Whateva - The Notorious B.I.G., Juelz Santana
12. Beef - Mobb Deep, , The Notorious B.I.G.
13. My Dad (Interlude) - The Notorious B.I.G.
14. Hustler's Story - The Bee Gees, , The Notorious B.I.G.,
15. Breakin' Old Habits - The Notorious B.I.G., Slim Thug,
16. Ultimate Rush - Missy Elliott, , The Notorious B.I.G.
17. Mi Casa - The Notorious B.I.G.,
18. Little Homie (Interlude) - The Notorious B.I.G.
19. Hold Ya Head - Bob Marley, , The Notorious B.I.G.
20. Just a Memory - Clipse, , The Notorious B.I.G.
21. Wake Up - The Notorious B.I.G.
22. Love Is Everlasting (Outro) - The Notorious B.I.G


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