The Notorious Top 10: B.I.G.'s Greatest Hits

We're looking at his hottest records to celebrate the rapper's upcoming birthday.

Born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972, the Notorious B.I.G. – better known as Biggie Smalls – made an indelible impact on the hip-hop landscape with his smooth, innovative flow and storytelling prowess. Although his career was tragically cut short in 1997, his legacy inspires generations of rappers and fans. Here, we take a moment to honor the lyrical genius with a countdown of the top 10 Notorious B.I.G. records.

  • "Juicy" (1994)

    No list would be complete without the timeless classic "Juicy." The autobiographical single from Biggie's debut album, Ready to Die, vividly details his rise from rags to riches. With its catchy hook and undeniably infectious beat, "Juicy" remains one of the most iconic hip-hop tracks of all time.

  • "Big Poppa" (1994)

    Smooth and seductive, "Big Poppa" showcases Biggie's unique ability to make even the grittiest lyrics sound suave. With a laid-back flow and a sample of The Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets," this hit single further solidified his status as a hip-hop legend.

  • "Mo Money Mo Problems" (1997)

    Featuring Puff Daddy and Mase, "Mo Money Mo Problems" is an infectious dance anthem that highlights the perils of fame and fortune. Produced by Stevie J and Puff Daddy, the track reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains one of the most memorable songs of the '90s.

  • "One More Chance" (Remix) (1995)

    The remix of "One More Chance" is a perfect example of Biggie's prowess as a storyteller. With a soulful beat and an unforgettable hook by Faith Evans, this record became one of the highest-selling singles in Bad Boy Records' history.

  • "Hypnotize" (1997)

    1. With its iconic sample of Herb Alpert's "Rise," "Hypnotize" is a certified club banger. The unforgettable chorus and Biggie's smooth flow create an irresistible vibe that continues to keep heads nodding more than two decades later.

  • "Sky's the Limit" (1997)

    Featuring 112 on the hook, "Sky's the Limit" is an uplifting anthem with a message of hope and ambition. The track showcases Biggie's ability to inspire while maintaining his signature style and swagger.

  • "Who Shot Ya?" (1995)

    One of the most controversial songs in hip-hop history, "Who Shot Ya?" is a hard-hitting, aggressive track that put Biggie's lyrical prowess on full display. Although it was never officially confirmed as a response to Tupac's shooting in 1994, the song remains one of the most memorable moments in the East Coast-West Coast rivalry.

  • "Warning" (1994)

    1. "Warning" is a gritty, street-smart track that showcases Biggie's storytelling skills. With a narrative about jealousy, betrayal, and the dangers of street life, this record captures the essence of the '90s hip-hop scene.

  • "Notorious Thugs" (1997)

    Featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, "Notorious Thugs" is a unique collaboration that fuses Biggie's hard-hitting lyrics with the rapid-fire flow of the Midwest group. The result is a haunting, unforgettable track that stands as a testament to Biggie's versatility as an artist.

  • "Kick in the Door" (1997)

    1. With its cinematic beat produced by DJ Premier and hard-hitting lyrics, "Kick in the Door" is a standout track from Biggie's sophomore album, 'Life After Death.' The song features Biggie at his most aggressive, taking shots at rivals and critics with unapologetic bravado. The record also includes the iconic line, "Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns," which has become a popular hip-hop catchphrase.

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