by Junior M.A.F.I.A.Junior M.A.F.I.A.


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Under the guidance of the Notorious B.I.G., Junior M.A.F.I.A. released their first single, "Player's Anthem," in the summer of 1995, along with the full-length Conspiracy. Not surprisingly, the group's music resembles that of The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die, complete with an opening sound collage. Considering Ready to Die was one of the seminal hip-hop releases of the early '90s, Conspiracy could have been an inspired, enjoyable sequel; instead, it's a fitfully successful replication of the earlier record's strengths. The major problem is Junior M.A.F.I.A. doesn't have enough personality to distinguish themselves from the B.I.G., who appears on four of the album's songs. Little Kim, the group's only female, does bring things to life on occasion, but it isn't quite enough to save the entire album. Nevertheless, the Clark Kent-produced "Player's Anthem" is a classic single, riding on its rubbery bass and surprisingly warm sentiments. Although the Notorious B.I.G. contributes some killer rhymes to the song; he fits into the overall sound of the single, but he doesn't dominate. Instead, the true personalities of Junior M.A.F.I.A. shine through, and they are impressive.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/1995
Label: Big Beat / Wea
UPC: 0075679261427
catalogNumber: 92614
Rank: 49905

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Junior M.A.F.I.A.   Primary Artist
Little Caesar & the Romans   Track Performer
Notorious B.I.G.   Track Performer
Jimmy Cozier   Vocals
Jamal Phillips   Track Performer
Lil' Kim   Group Member
Un   Track Performer
Lance "Un" Rivera   Vocals,Track Performer
Cheek del Vec   Track Performer
Little Caesar   Group Member
Nino Brown   Group Member
Chico Brown   Group Member
Larceny   Group Member
Trife   Group Member
MC Klepto   Group Member
Trife & Larceny Of The Snakes   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Special Ed   Producer
Notorious B.I.G.   Producer,Executive Producer
Daddy-O   Producer
Clark Kent   Producer,Executive Producer
Kenny Ortíz   Engineer
Akshun   Producer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Christopher Callaway   Art Direction
Jacob York   Executive Producer
Ez Elpee   Producer
Lance "Un" Rivera   Producer,Executive Producer

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