The Notorious B.I.G. will live on in a forthcoming duets album with Faith Evans called The King & I. The singer — who teased the project with her late husband in a 2014 interview with Hip Hollywood — recently appeared on the Dame Dash Radio Show to offer an update, saying that the project is in the “finishing stages.”
“I had no idea how I was gonna even go about it but it’s been coming along pretty awesome,” she said, adding that she’s been working with Biggie’s mom Voletta Wallace. “If he was alive, I know we would’ve done something like this but the way it’s coming together, the way I’m using his vocals, it’s just giving his stuff new life. I think people are gonna really enjoy it.”
When asked of her performance plans with the LP, Faith responded, “We actually are in development with a hologram [company] but I don’t necessarily know to what extent I’m going to perform with it but I definitely want to debut it probably in the first video for the album and maybe use it a little bit performance-wise but that depends on a lot of things.” She also said, “If this Bad Boy [reunion] tour ever really happens, that might be something we might consider and if I was to go on that tour, of course, I’d use it but just not over-use it.”
After Dame suggested piecing together a story about Faith’s relationship with Biggie, she noted that she wanted to execute the album properly. “I want to do something like that on this album actually. I’m not trying to re-do what Puff has already done [Ed: Diddy released the set Duets: The Final Chapter in 2005] and have a gang of features, just the right ones that make sense but there’s other creative ways I can intertwine people that knew him and actually have stories to tell about him.” She also mentioned using past interviews on the album where the Ready to Die rapper talks of being with Faith.
Evans also said she’s written a play based on her 2009 book Keep The Faith: A Memoir.