Before dropping her Notorious B.I.G. duets album The King & I this month, Faith Evans unleashes “Take Me There,” a collaboration with The Lox’s Sheek Louch and Styles P.
The nostalgia-filled lyric video, premiering exclusively on Rap-Up, features a vintage television motif, adding to the throwback scenes. Joking and smiling in the studio, Biggie can be seen having a blast with Faith and friends, all while lyrics flash across the screen.
“Can ya picture this life without me? Wake up, you having bad dreams,” raps B.I.G. on the previously-unreleased verse, which was a reference track for Lil’ Kim’s “Drugs” off 1996’s Hardcore.
Elsewhere on the Just Blaze production, Sheek and Styles reference Biggie and Faith with clever rhymes. “Never down,” raps Louch. “I stay with the Faith.” Styles adds: “I smoked with Big, a badge of honor and Faith.”
“Take Me There” follows Faith and Biggie’s “Legacy,” which dropped last month. It also succeeds releases like “Ten Wife Commandments,” the Snoop Dogg-assisted “When We Party,” and “NYC” featuring Jadakiss.
In March, Faith spoke with Rap-Up about her collaborative album with her late husband. “Towards the end of the album, I was listening to the [music] and watching how other people were reacting to my creation, our creation, and I just started crying,” she said. “I felt like he tapped me on my shoulder and told me he was proud of me.”
With additional appearances from Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Cease, and Busta Rhymes, The King & I is due May 19.