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March 9th is a memorable day for many hip hop heads. Not to dwell on the negative or the what ifs but when the Notorious movie came out I definitely began to wonder what would have come of BIG’s career had he lived. I was reading Faith Evans memoir at the time as well, and for a minute I became a bit obsessed with that early era of Bad Boy. What can I say–that was the prime of hip hop in my teenage years. I often wonder also about the careers of so many others (mainly Jay-Z)…as BIG clearly still epitomizes Brooklyn and in his short life he was able to influence careers and is referenced still by many NY rappers, with only two solo album releases while living.
Here is a list of some of my favorites by BIG! (none of this music is safe for work, lol)
Unbelievable: reminds me of 9th grade and may be my favorite on Ready to Die. I just love his flow on this one…
Warning: “who the eff is this paging me at 5:46 in the morning , crack of dawnin…” everyone knows this line, and remembers this video–with his half naked behind laid up in the bed! LOL
One More Chance (remix): this is classic BIG, you have to love this video, that had like every hot 90s R&B chick in it! “black and ugly as ever, however–I say coogi down to the socks”
Spit Your Game: from the Duets Cd, but when I tell yall I played this song over and over! love it. the collab with Krayzie Bone & Twista makes it one of my faves. I loved “Notorious Thugs” too, but this rework is better, to me. Swizzy!
Get Money remix: Junior Mafia hit, but it was still a banger.
Victory: again not his song, but this song has some of my favorite BIG verses. this song goes so hard!!!! “I perform like Mike, anyone Tyson, Jordan, Jackson…” This song makes the No Way Out CD.
Suicidal Thoughts: its very morbid, but I really can’t deny the realness of his message nonetheless. The dying theme of his first and second cd, coupled with this song kinda make me feel some kinda way though. And the way Life After Death starts and segues into “Somebody’s Gotta Die”, classic, but sooooo morbid! OMG the production on that cd was so classic!
What’s Beef: hahahahaha….“beef is when I see you, guaranteed to be in ICU” the content of this song is rough, epitomized “gangster” rap and to be honest why do I like this really? not sure. but I knew the first time I heard it I was spellbound. BIG just had that effect on me. “pardon my french but uh, sometimes I get kinda peeved at these, weak emcees…”
I Got A Story to tell: classic BIG storytelling. love it. “I kick flows for ya, kick down doors for ya…”
Dead Wrong: hot song, sick beat, and Em kills…
BIG interlude: this 1 minute rap gives me life everytime I hear it! “wha? it aint no more to it!”
The World is Filled: this may be my fave on Life After Death, I just love this collabo with Too Short. so many quotables. “when the remy’s in the system, aint no telling will I f em, will I diss em…” sound familiar? 🙂 “you just a rest haven for hoes” LOL
My Downfall: verse also featured in the “Woke Up in the Morning” remix, which is CLASSIC Bad Boy!
Nasty Girl: another from Duets. I had this on repeat when it came out as well. again, I enjoyed “Nasty Boy”, but this took it to another level…this video had a lot of cameos as well, in the spirit of One More Chance…I wonder who wrote Diddy’s verse? either way, this is my JAM…(peep Cheri Dennis in the vid as well–where is SHE?!)
over the weekend my ipod randomly played this track from The Show soundtrack and I couldn’t not listen to this live version of one of my favorite hood love songs, lol.
and even though its so typical, this is the BIG song that young or old, no matter where you are in the country you know you rocked out to it. how can you not?
There are many more songs that sample him, feature him, etc that I love too but I feel like I’ve already done enough so…
what is/are your favorite song(s) by BIGGIE? Will you grow old in the senior community still trying to rhyme to them like I know I will? 🙂
RIP. We’ll always love Big Poppa.