It’s an all-star affair on today’s From The Vault pick. We are back this week with one of the Notorious B.I.G.’s biggest posthumous moment. ‘Nasty Girl.’
With 2005’s ‘Duets: The Final Chapter’, the late rapper proved that even in the afterlife, he could still get the clubs moving – worldwide.
Produced by Jazze Pha, ‘Girl’ featured Diddy, Jagged Edge, Nelly and Avery Storm. Biggie’s verse was lifted from ‘Nasty Boy,’ a track from his ‘Life After Death’ LP.
A moderate success in the US, where it peaked at #43, the cut earned the rapper his very first #1 in the UK – a year after rival – late Tupac – achieved his first chart-topper with the Elton John-assisted ‘Ghetto Gospel.’
The guestlist got even bigger for the track’s video: Pharrell Williams, Usher, Teairra Mari, Fat Joe, Christina Milian and Naomi Campbell joined the featured acts in the Sanaa Hamri visual.
Party atmosphere, celebrity cameos, video vixens all around, this essentially served as 2000’s version of his very own ‘One More Chance.’
We’re welcoming of posthumous releases that aren’t all mournful and depressing, but instead upbeat and fun. It seems to us like the perfect way to keep an act’s legacy alive.
With so many top artists passing in the past decade, it’d be awesome to see their art celebrated in a colorful way as Biggie’s was in this releases. Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ was definitely a step in the right direction; here’s hoping the likes of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston’s estates follow suit.
As for Biggie Smalls, he remains one of the most cherished gems of Hip-Hop culture and it’s safe to say that shine is never going away.