In a new interview on the Dame Dash Radio Show, Faith Evans—who had been married to Biggie Smalls for two and a half years at the time of his death in 1997—gave an update on a collaborative album called The King and I. Like 2005's starry Duets: The Final Chapter, it'll feature newly recorded vocals interacting with archival Notorious B.I.G. bars.
Here's what Evans had to say, via SOHH:
“It’s something that I’ve been kinda thinking and talking about doing with [Big’s mom] Ms. Wallace a long time. ... I had no idea how I was gonna even go about it, but, I mean, it’s been coming along pretty awesome. … If he was alive, I know ultimately we would have done something like this. But the way this stuff is coming together and the way I'm using his vocals, it's giving this stuff a new life, it's totally different. I think people are really gonna enjoy it."
Evans' last album was 2014's Incomparable. She told Dash The King and I is in the finishing stages and teased a September release. Asked how she might debut the material live, she said she's got ambitious hopes:
"We’re actually in development with a hologram [company]. I don’t necessarily know to what extent I’m going to perform with it, but I definitely wanna debut it probably with the first video for the album and maybe use it a little bit performance-wise."
Next, watch Evans remember Biggie in a sit-down with Fuse: