Pusha T has declared The Notorious B.I.G.’sLife After Death the “best double album ever.”
King Push showered praise on the Brooklyn rap legend in the trailer for Warner Music Group’s new visual podcast series Iconic Records, the first season of which dives into Biggie’s second and final project.
Hosted by Angie Martinez, the eight-part podcast will explore how the album was created, the impact it made upon its 1997 release and the legacy it has left behind by speaking with rap luminaries such as Lil Cease, Fat Joe, DJ Premier and Too $hort and Mobb Deep’s Havoc, in addition to Pusha T.
In the trailer, which debuted on Wednesday (April 19), the Clipse MC had nothing but good things to say about Biggie’s sophomore effort. “[Life After Death] is by far the best double album ever created — ever,” he said via Zoom.
Rick Ross, another admirer of the late Bad Boy hitmaker, also chimed in, saying: “He had the attention of not just the rap game, but the entire world! … There will never be another B.I.G.”
Iconic Records will premiere exclusively on the WMX Hip-Hop channel on The Roku Channel on April 29 and be available to stream elsewhere starting on May 1.
This isn’t the first time Pusha T has praised The Notorious B.I.G. Back in 2015, the Virginia native penned an op-ed for Rolling Stone detailing his love of the late legend, who he crowned “the greatest rapper who’s ever lived.”
“I believe the Notorious B.I.G. was the greatest rapper who’s ever lived,” he wrote. “His personality was all confidence. This guy’s 300-plus pounds with a fucking lazy eye — and what woman did not love Biggie Smalls? You have to be damn near magical to do that.”
He also revealed that he “wrote all of [the Clipse’s 2006 album] Hell Hath No Fury trying to be Big. The whole thing, every line, every fluctuation in my voice, I was trying to sound like Big. On ‘Keys Open Doors,’ when I say, ‘Make your skin crawl/ Press one button, let the wind fall /Who gon’ stop us?/ Fuck the coppers, the mind of a kilo shopper’ — that’s all Big.”
Iconic Records, meanwhile, commemorates not only the 25th anniversary of Life After Death, which fell last March, but the 50th birthday of both Christopher Wallace and Hip Hop as a whole.
“It’s an honor to host the first-ever season of Iconic Records,” Angie Martinez said in a statement. “Biggie was, and still is, one of the most important artists of our lifetime and Life After Death is a masterpiece!
“To collaborate with WMX on this series has been an incredible experience. It’s especially meaningful as we also pay homage to 50 years of hip hop and how it’s changed the course of history.”
Revisit Life After Death below: