Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the release of The Notorious B.I.G.’s second posthumous album, “Born Again.” Released on December 7, 1999, the album was a compilation of previously recorded verses with new beats and guest features.
The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 485,000 copies in its first week. It was certified double platinum a month and seven days after its release.
“Born Again” received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the album as a tribute to Biggie’s legacy, while others criticized it as a cash grab by Bad Boy Records. Rolling Stone wrote that the “album won’t damage his legacy, but Born Again won’t improve that legacy much either.”
Despite the mixed reviews, “Born Again” was a commercial success. The album featured guest appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Busta Rhymes, Redman, Method Man, Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg.
“Born Again” was the last Notorious B.I.G. album to be released by Bad Boy Records. The label released one more posthumous album, “Duets: The Final Chapter,” in 2005.
Legacy of Born Again:
“Born Again” is considered a must-have album for die-hard fans of the Notorious B.I.G. The album has sold millions of copies worldwide and continues to be popular with fans today.
In addition to its commercial success, “Born Again” also helped to solidify Biggie’s place in hip-hop history. The album features some of his best rap verses, and it is a reminder of his talent and influence.
23 years after its release, “Born Again” remains an important album in the Notorious B.I.G.’s discography. The album is a testament to his talent and legacy, and it continues to inspire fans around the world