Faith Evans Celebrates Her Life with Biggie Smalls on Star-Studded New Album featuring Rare & Unreleased Vocals by the Legendary Rapper!
Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G. famously met at a photo shoot in 1994 and were married nine days later. What followed would become one of the most legendary love stories in hip-hop history. Evans has now, 20 years after B.I.G.'s still unsolved murder, created 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 also 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. 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.
"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 and 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 and the bond we will always have. I'm elated to share this musical journey with our fans!"
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.