After teasing the project for quite some time, Faith Evans unveils the first single off The King & I, her collaborative album with her late husband, The Notorious B.I.G.
“NYC” is an ode to the Empire State, featuring frequent Biggie collaborator Jadakiss. Biggie’s vocals — taken from the classic “Mumbling and Whispering” freestyle — are blended over this updated instrumental.
“We waited through the suffering and pain,” raps Frank White. “The bitches ride the dick like the A-train.”
Faith handles the hook with her soothing harmonies. “I got love for New York City,” she sings. “And they got love for me and B.I.G.” Meanwhile, ‘Kiss adds his raspy bars: “Me, Fizzy, and the King? That’s a special three.”
B.I.G. died in an unsolved shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. In recent years, Evans revealed plans to tour with a Biggie hologram.
Listen to “NYC” below.