Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. - The King & I
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #667 / 669
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Based on 14 ratings
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As much as The King & I gives Faith creative space and freedom, the ambitious attempts at placing new spins on Biggie classics generally fall short.

The Guardian
With vocals smoother than a vat of cocoa butter, Evans moves from poignant duet (Legacy, One in the Same) to Juicy-style sexathon (A Little Romance) alongside him, although – naturally – it lacks a certain improvisation and cohesion.
Biggie is still one of the best MCs to grace a microphone, but too much has changed in the past 20 years for this tribute to work. Some album concepts are better left locked in the vault.
The constant recycling, along with the quantity and variety of other voices, detract from some of Evans' best, most impassioned performances, which are matched with some solid work from a roster of co-producers that includes Salaam Remi, James Poyser, and DJ Premier.

Though the project oozes affection for Biggie, it’s yet another gangly, recycled posthumous album of verses we’ve all heard before—a painful tour through rap’s emptiest vault.

May 20, 2017
this album is insufferable, there's beatboxing in one of these interludes and it sounds fuckin stupid.
Mar 23, 2017
How dare she rip lyrics from her late husband's songs, and repurpose songs like "Ten crack Commandments" into washed up 90's tribute band quality R&B songs.
Oct 6, 2017*
Let the man rest in peace, Faith Evans.
Aug 3, 2017
✔ "Don't Test Me", "The Reason", "Fool for You" and "It Was Worth It"
✘ "Tryna Get By", "When We Party" and "Take Me There"
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Track List
  1. A Billion
  2. Legacy
  3. Beautiful (Interlude)
  4. Can't Get Enough
  5. Don't Test Me
  6. Big / Faye (Interlude) [feat. Jamal Woolard]
  7. Tryna Get By
  8. The Reason
  9. I Don't Want It (feat. Lil' Cease)
  10. I Got Married (Interlude) [feat. Mama Wallace]
  11. Ten Wife Commandments
  12. We Just Clicked (Interlude) [feat. Mama Wallace]
  13. A Little Romance
  14. The Baddest (Interlude)
  15. Fool for You
  16. Crazy (Interlude) [feat. 112 & Mama Wallace]
  17. Got Me Twisted
  18. When We Party (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  19. Somebody Knows (feat. Busta Rhymes)
  20. Take Me There (feat. Sheek Louch & Styles P)
  21. One in the Same
  22. I Wish (Interlude) [feat. Kevin McCall & Chyna Tahjere]
  23. Lovin You for Life (feat. Lil' Kim)
  24. NYC (feat. Jadakiss)
  25. It Was Worth It
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Added on: March 22, 2017