Best Notorious B.I.G Songs of All Time!

#25. Things Done Changed – “Things Done Changed” in “ghettos across all of the United States, in the late 80’s/early 90’s . Fist fights had turned into shootouts. “Cook outs” had turned into shootouts. “Cleaning your car”at a car wash establishment had turned into… You get the point…

#24. Ready to Die – Even from the onset of his rap career, death was an ever present thought on the mind of Biggie Smalls. Not many “cats” that are Twenty-one years of age are contemplating death. Biggie was very different individual from that aspect. He knew his life could be taken away at any moment, and he lived his “life to fullest”, or in his case the “biggest”…

#23. Old Thing Back “Matoma Remix” ft. Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant  – A “new” take on some classic B.I.G. verses from the song “One More Chance”. This song was a surprise “viral smash” that came out of nowhere in early 2014. To this day it has one of the highest view count’s on Youtube for any “Notorious B.I.G. song”. This is a crazy thing to think about, considering Big’s amazing catalog of hits…

#22. Unbelievable – I don’t hear many people mention this joint at all… DJ Premier is on the production for this record. “Ready to Die” has to be considered a “top 5” hip hop record of all time.  I’m sorry if you don’t agree with that statement, but it was just an “unbelievable” project when it came out… Did you see what I did there?….okay I’ll stop now…

#21. The What ft. Method Man- This wasn’t necessarily a “dream” collaboration for me, but it was definitely cool to see a member of “the Wu” link up with Frank White at least once during his lifetime. Raekwon and Ghost Face had an “underlying beef” with Biggie over accusations by them of Biggie “biting” their “flows” and “slang”. Method man was probably the best available option at the time…

#20. What’s Beef – This track has a very “mafioso” vibe to it. Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” had come out the year prior to this, and was a very “influential” album for the time period. Jay-Z is infamously known for “biting” Biggie’s work, but i feel the opposite is true here. Where was all this “mafia” shit in “Ready to Die”???… Exactly!…

#19. Notorious Thugs ft. Bone Thugs-N-harmony – This has to be one of the most copied flows in rap history. A “who’s who” of artists have tried their hand with this flow to no avail. Biggie was naturally just that dope eternally. Bone Thugs appear on here as well. I can understand approximately 50% of their lyrics on this song. That’s a pretty high percentage when it comes to “deciphering” lyrics from this group, so kudos to them I guess…

#18. Machine Gun Funk – Lyrically a really dope track. Some of my favorite Biggie “moments” reside on this track. When he sings “what’s love got to do” and then flips his flow “on it’s head”. Yeah that’s “that shit right there”. Dope!…

#17. Party and Bullshit – The most “slept on” Biggie track ever! Most of y’all probably haven’t even heard of this record before. It predates “Ready to Die” by a year, so this is technically Big’s “first single”…Technically speaking… technically…

#16. One More Chance/ Stay With Me (Remix) – Something was just “off” about the original that the remix fixed. If I had to guess what was “off” in the original, my guess would be the instrumental. It was a really “subdued” beat that didn’t really suit the song very well in my estimation…

#15. Your Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You) – This song has one of my favorite rap verse’s of all time! Ill shut up now… “Here’s a tissue, stop your blood clot crying, The kids, the dog, everybody dyin’, no lying. So don’t you get suspicious, I’m Big Dangerous you’re just a little vicious. As I leave my competition, respirator style, Climb the ladder to success escalator style. Hold y’all breath, I told y’all, death Controls y’all, Big don’t fold y’all, uhh I spit phrases that’ll thrill you. You’re nobody til somebody kills you.”… Classic!…

#14. Dead Wrong ft. Eminem – The two most “talented” individuals in rap history on the same track… You knew this shit was gonna be good… Oh, and for all the “ten year old’s” out there. Biggie Smalls never knew or worked with Eminem while he was alive. This is what you call a posthumous track. That means he was already dead when this track came out. I just wanted to clear that up…

#13. I Got a Story to Tell – Beautiful string melody on this song! Frank White’s “story telling” ability was on full display throughout this track… Google “Anthony Mason”, if you want to learn more about the “back story” of this song…

#12. Long Kiss Goodnight – This Track is f#cking brutal! This song is the equivalent of “pissing on” someones grave after they passed. After listening to this track I have a hard time believing that Puffy didn’t have anything to do with 2pac’s murder. He’s literally “foaming at the mouth” in parts of this song. Maybe it’s a good thing that “rap beef” isn’t real anymore…

#11. Warning – It annoys me how many different voice’s Puffy had to “play” in the “Ready to Die” album. They didn’t have anyone else in the studio capable of doing a “voice over” back then???…

#10. Ten Crack Commandments – My favorite Notorious track of all time! Why is this “my favorite”? Probably because this is one of the few Biggie records that “the radio” hasn’t “run into the ground” yet…The Chuck D sample adds a nice subtle touch to this one as well…

#9. Gimme the Loot – There was supposed to be a “Gimme the Loot” remix featuring “Nasty” Nas… Yeah that almost happened…

#8. Going Back to Cali – Frank White pays homage to California on this Classic joint. “Thinkin ima gonna stop giving L.a. props? All i got is beef  with those who violate me, I shall annihilate thee!”. That line still sends a slight “shiver” down my spine…

#7. Sky is the Limit ft. 112- I love the intro to this track! “He coined the phase going from ashy to classy”, always makes me smile when I hear it…

#6. Mo Money Mo Problems ft. Puff Daddy, and Mase – The record that turned Mase into a bonafide super star. You know you have the best “top 5” of all time when a song of this caliber doesn’t make the cut…

#5. Big Poppa – Best Hook Ever! Best instrumental on a Biggie track ever! This song was an easy choice for the number 1 spot on my list!… Oh wait it’s number 5?… What the f#ck!?!…

#4. Who Shot Ya – LL Cool J made a response song to this song called “I Shot Ya”. Listening to this song I never understood why LL perceived this as a diss track “coming at him”, but hey whatever. Both songs are great so I’m not going to complain too much…

#3. Juicy – Easily the most popular Biggie song of all time. It’s the classic tale of going from “rags to riches”, and so on… You guys know this song!… I’ll stop my annotation here then…Okay?… Thanks…

#2. Kick in the Door – Nas was a popular target during the mid 90’s. This song is primarily a warning to Nas   to “know his role”, and to stay in “his  place”. I guess the message worked???…

#1. Hypnotize – This song goes 100 mph from “the jump”, and never let’s down for a second. Biggie’s flow is relentless, and the hook  is as infectious as any hip hop song of the past 30 plus years. This is the song that “stood out” the most to me in Biggie’s music catalog. You could make an argument that any of the songs in the “top 5” could’ve been in the “number 1” spot on my list. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “upside” was incredible!…


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