It’s official. After nearly two years of production, Faith Evans is ready to drop her joint album with late husband, The Notorious B.I.G.
The highly anticipated projected titled The King & I features collaborations with Jadakiss, Snoop Dogg, Lil Cease and Lil’ Kim among others. Two singles, “When We Party” and “NYC,” were released Friday morning, but the full album won’t drop until May 19, two days before what would have been Big’s 45th birthday.
“I remember telling Ms. Wallace [the rapper’s mother] years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie and Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable,” Evans said in a statement. “Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for Tyanna [his daughter] & Ceejay [his son by Evans], I feel it’s my duty to uphold and 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,” she added. “I’m elated to share this musical journey with our fans!”
While this project may be a surprise for some, it’s not to HipHollywood or its readers. Two years ago, we sat down with Faith, who revealed exclusive details about the project. “It’s something that I have been thinking about doing for many, many years. I finally got all my ducks in a row to make it happen. It is definitely unheard music. Unheard music in the presentation of it,” she explained before talking about the inspiration. “Think Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable.’ [Think] in that vein right there.”
And almost a year later, she provided us with another update.