Duets: The Final Chapter

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Tribute or sell-out? Either way, NOT for kids.

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NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sexist and exploitive lyrics. A lot of talk glorifying the thug life.

Violence

Some strong violent images: "Armed and dangerous, ain't too many can bang with us."

Sex

Some very strong sexual images: "I need u to grind like Ur working for tips" and "And I don't stop, until I squirt/Jeans skirt butt-naked it all work."

Language

A ton of swear words.

Consumerism

Many brands -- from alcohol to cars -- are mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to weed and harder stuff. Alcohol is mentioned a lot.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Notorious B.I.G. actually died more than 10 years ago (in other words, don't embarrass yourself by offering to buy concert tickets). Also, the cleverly edited duets include a lot of strong language. The unedited version has lots of sex, drugs, violence, etc.

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What's the story?

Notorious B.I.G. died in 1997. Thanks to the loyalty of his fans and modern mastering techniques, however, this fact has not prevented the release of two posthumous albums. The latest, DUETS: THE FINAL CHAPTER, incorporates cameos and duet vocals performed by a Who's Who of hip-hop and pop artists along with some cleverly remixed tracks produced by Bad Boy's entrepreneurial mastermind, P. Diddy. The guest rappers and crooners include Biggie's widow Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Lil' Wayne, Missy Elliot, R. Kelly, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, The Game, and even some other eloquently posthumous artists, including 2Pac and Bob Marley.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There is nothing astoundingly brilliant, but nothing embarrassing either. Highlights include "House of Pain," in which Biggie and 2Pac's until-now unreleased verses are set off by a poignant Mary J. Blige chorus, and "Hold Your Head," combining Notorious B.I.G.'s hip-hop with Jamaican legend Bob Marley. Content is visceral, with a predictable amount of strong language, sexism, and violent imagery. The edited version, with key words removed, sounds just plain dumb. This is for die-hard fans of the artist only, and definitely not for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of deceased artists coming out with new albums. Is this a tribute or just a way to make more money for the label?

Music details

Artist:Notorious B.I.G.
Release date:December 20, 2005
Label:Bad Boy Entertainment
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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it was good

it had a few curse
Teen, 17 years old Written byHorace Williams November 19, 2014
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Awesome.

I'm a huge fan of rap music. 2pac and Biggie Smalls are my favorite rappers. This has all of my favorite Biggie songs. I listen to this CD everyday.
Adult Written byNico9000 March 4, 2009
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This young rapper delivers a pretty amusing performance. It's too bad that it only had 4 tracks. Violence is not to bad. Though Lil Nic does rap "Took the gun out the back pocket. Bang! He Got It Right In The Eye Socket". Sex wise a few playful references appear but nothing strong. As far as Language Goes the occasional f--k, s--t and bitch. Most of these words are used by his guests. What they did was make no explicit or clean. The only version sold is edited.

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