Twenty years after The Notorious B.I.G.’s unsolved murder, Faith Evans has compiled The King & I, a new album that tells the story of their life together. The album’s 25 tracks feature newly recorded vocals by Evans melded with vocals by Biggie Smalls, some well-known but also a selection of rare and unheard rhymes from the B.I.G. vault.
The King & I includes an impressive list of guest appearances by rap royalty including Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim, Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Snoop Dogg. Evans has also brought on some of the most acclaimed producers in hip-hop, many of which produced some of B.I.G.’s most famous tracks, including DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Salaam Remi, Stevie J, and Chucky Thompson.
“I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable,” says Evans. “Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for Tyanna & Ceejay, I feel it’s my duty to uphold & extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had & the bond we will always have. I’m elated to share this musical journey with our fans!”
The King & I will be released on May 19th – just two days before Biggie’s birthday. The album will be available on CD, digital download and streaming from Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment. The King & I will also be available on vinyl as a 2 LP set on June 9th.
The album’s first two singles are: “NYC,” Evans’ love letter to New York featuring Jadakiss, and “When We Party,” the West Coast party anthem featuring Snoop Dogg. Both are available now for digital download and streaming.
In addition to the constellation of stars who appear on The King & I, there is one other very special guest: Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace. Her voice is featured, along with those of Evans and Biggie, on multiple interludes that provide a poignant narration of the album. Other guest stars adding harmonies to the interludes include 112, Kevin McCall, Chyna Tahjere, and Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, who famously portrayed B.I.G. in the 2009 film Notorious.
1. A Billion
3. Beautiful (Interlude)
4. Can’t Get Enough
5. Don’t Test Me
6. Big/Faye (Interlude) [featuring Jamal Woolard]
7. Tryna Get By
8. The Reason
9. I Don’t Want It (featuring Lil’ Cease)
10. I Got Married (Interlude) [featuring Mama Wallace]
11. Wife Commandments
12. We Just Clicked (Interlude) [featuring Mama Wallace]
13. A Little Romance
14. The Baddest (Interlude)
15. Fool For You
16. Crazy (Interlude) [featuring 112 & Mama Wallace]
17. Got Me Twisted
18. When We Party (featuring Snoop Dogg)
19. Somebody Knows (featuring. Busta Rhymes)
20. Take Me There (featuring Sheek Louch & Styles P)
21. One In The Same
22. I Wish (Interlude) [featuring Kevin McCall & Chyna Tahjere]
23. Lovin You For Life (featuring Lil’ Kim)
24. NYC (feat. Jadakiss)
25. It Was Worth It
Author: Buddy Iahn
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