Rest In Peace…Or Not: 9 Posthumous Albums We Loved, And Some We Could Have Lived Without

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August 7, 2012 ‐ By IndigoBlack

Source: idolmag.co.uk

When it comes to posthumous albums, for recently deceased and iconic deceased artists, the release of one can bring in big dollars for their estate and more fans to their musical catalog. Over the years, some artists have had their unreleased tracks flipped and released posthumously, with good and bad results. With the news that Drake is hoping to produce a posthumous album for the late Aaliyah (his imaginary girlfriend), the release of the first single, “Enough Said,” and the recent news that Missy and Timbaland will contribute to the project, we’re wondering if the upcoming album will be a huge hit, or a hot mess of a miss. We’re also thinking about past posthumous projects and the marks they’ve made, or the missteps made in releasing them to the world. Shall we discuss? Let’s take a look at a few…

Source: headphonemonsta.com

Notorious BIG – Life After Death  (Loved)

To be clear up front, posthumous refers to a work published after someone’s death. Though BIG worked on this double album himself and it was actually supposed to be released on Halloween of ’96, it was released two weeks after his death in ’97. Not only was it a commercial success (diamond status) and considered one of the best selling hip-hop albums of all time, it was also a huge success with critics and fans alike. There was a little bit of something for everybody, including the mainstream cats (“Hypnotize”), the ladies (“F*** You Tonight”), the hardcore fans (“Notorious Thugs” and “What’s Beef?”), and…Diddy, of course (“Mo Money Mo Problems”).

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  • CriticXtreme

    That Pac’s Life truly suxed and yes, you forget Selena!

  • Hello_Kitty81

    I have Aaliyah’s album, Amy Winehouse’s last album and Selena’s and all of them are great. I can agree with TLC’s it wasn’t no CrazySexyCool/Fanmail.

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  • sammi_lu

    I just knew Otis Redding was going to make this list..”Try A Little Tenderness” that is sampled on “Otis” was a hit and “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay”. Of course Pac and Biggie’s albums..and glad to see Amy Winehouse on the list her “Song for You” and “Will You Still Love Me” are my favs on that album.

    • Hecklers

      Otis redding was not on the list maybe you’re looking at something else

      • sammi_lu

        Was saying that meaning I would have thought he should’ve been on the list for sure.

  • KAHorton3787

    On the TLC album, there was only one or two songs that had verses that Left Eye actualy recorded for this actual album. The verse on Girl Talk and MAYBE the one for Give It To Me While It’s Hot. The rest were verses from her solo work. Her rap on “Get Over Me” was from her song “I Believe In Me”, the beginning of “Quickie” came from her song “Left Pimpin’” I can’t think of what other raps she had on the album.

    • QuitaB89

      The rap from Give It To Me While It’s Hot is from a song she wrote called Forever, which is on her Eye Legacy cd/dvd set

  • Jo7i7

    Michael album had a great success just when it was released gaining Platinum album in 14 countries around the world, so you are bad or not… someone we could have lived without.

  • Tagirl

    I never heard the Amy Winehouse album but the gems on this list are Aaliyah’s “I Care 4 U,” Pac’s “Makaveli,” and Selena.

    Though I really liked “Miss You,” “Come Over” and “Don’t Know What To Tell Ya,” were my fav unreleased songs on that album. Even “Erica Kane” was dope. That was a great mix of hits and new songs.

    “Makaveli” is a classic masterpiece. But I expected no less from the greatest rapper of all time, 2Pac. Loved it and played it out!

    Selena was an amazing artist. My Spanish friends put me onto her back then(middle school) and were crushed when she died. She was talented with an amazing voice and music.

    3 amazing artist who were taken at ages 22, 24 & 25.

  • Lady85

    that Selena Album puts joy in this moody soul of mine…. DEFINITELY should have been at the top of this list. (starts singing “Amor Prohibido”)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tabitha.bridges.1 Tabitha Bridges

    For the late MJ CD. This was a last effort to make money off MJ’s name. NO, not all those tracks were mike. There was an impersonator doing some of those tracks. Even MJ’s mom said not all the tracks on that album is MJ. Plus, if you’re a TRUE MJ fan you can/could clearly hear the difference in voice on which tracks were ACTUALLY MJ and others that were NOT. Never bought that last album. Is a shame how many people might have bought that thing, but if you really been hearing/listening to how MJ sings you can EASILY pick up the fake vocals on this last album.

  • Korea

    No… Selena deserved to be on the list… That is a good album.

  • realadulttalk

    Am I the only one who thought Life after Death was not a good effort? Not double disc worthy and sounded like exactly what it was reported to be-a harried effort to finalize his contract with Bad Boy (hence the double disc)???? There were a few good tracks–but those all could have been comprised into one hot cd…I recall being very disappointed when this came out.

    • Tagirl

      I think Puff made like $200mil off of Biggie, so I’m sure it made sense to him. Out the entire double disk, I really liked “Mo Money Mo Problems, “Hypnotize,” “Playa Hater,” “Notorious Thugs,” “Miss You” and “Sky Is The Limit.”