Impact: The Notorious B.I.G. and Bob Marley Team for Legendary Single

Friday, Sep 30, 2005 12:00AM

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The Notorious B.I.G. and reggae icon, Bob Marley are revived for a posthumous duet called, "Hold Ya Hand."

The single [listen: real | windows], produced by Clinton Sparks, is the fist to be released from the forthcoming The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter. The duet inspired Sparks, who said he was looking for a standout concept for this important Biggie album.

"It was an honor to work on Biggie\'s last and final album," Sparks, a well-known mixtape DJ, told "Given that the album is a duets album, I tried to come up with a concept that would stick out on this album for whatever song that I got placed. Concepts are what make great producers. I decided to pair up all the vocals that were given to me with icons or legends in the music biz that had already passed on as well.

"What better artist to do a collabo with than Bob Marley," added Sparks. "His music will always be timeless. I have bunch of other records in the can with Biggie and other artists who have passed on, and there is still time to make the album so I\'m submitting them now."

"Hold Ya Hand" includes a sample of Marley\'s "Johnny Was" on the hook with classic verses from B.I.G. While the album is still in production as host of contributors have been making the rounds on the rumor mill, no other information has been released.

Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter is due in stores Nov. 29 via Bad Boy Records.

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