A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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?
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.