This Saturday will be the 16th anniversary of the Notorious BIG’s untimely death. Still considered the greatest rapper of all time. You can’t be the greatest without having some of the greatest features ever. So here they are the top ten Biggie Features.
#10 (You To Be) Happy – R. Kelly Featuring Notorious BIG
Probably one of the best “I’m sorry baby, please forgive me” songs of the 1990s, R.Kelly and Biggie, meshed so well on this track. This song is off of R. Kelly’s second studio Album R. Kelly, released November 1995. A certified banger, BIG’s verse comes in at the end of the bridge, to tell us yes he wants to make you happy but you can’t believe everything you hear and that he too has regrets. “I made you why would I play you?/ Think about it while the streets you roam/ It’s Dom P and Cristies in the fridge when you get home”. And even after all that he’s still going to keep trying.
#9 Real Love Remix – Mary J. Blige Featuring Notorious BIG
“So what’s it gone be? The real one? The fake one? Ya need a minute to think for whom ya better take” Off of Mary J. Blige’s album What’s the 411? The Remix, released December 1993, it was one of the first introductions of the Biggie to the world. I’m positive we can all agree that we were happy to meet him.
#8 Can’t You See – Total Featuring Notorious BIG
This 1995 song is off the New Jersey Drive soundtrack and is also the debut single from the R&B group, Total’s album Total. While the ladies may have not had the greatest singing voices, Biggie definitely gave us a witty verse.
#7 Players Anthem – Junior Mafia
The first single off of Junior Mafia’s debut album Conspiracy, we finally had the chance to hear the crew that Biggie talked so highly of. And of course Biggie blessed us with a verse, reminding us that even tho he was a rapper, he still had things on lock.
#6 Only You – 112 Featuring Notorious BIG
It was as if it was almost customary for BIG to be on the debut single of all the Bad Boy artist in the 1990s. Either way, he gave us great verse each time. “It’s style is dondatta/ Playas stay splurgin’/ Game so tight/ They call it virgin” His verse basically made this song perfect. The singing was perfect, the video was perfect and of course his lyrics were perfect.
#5 Get Money – Junior Mafia
Also off the Junior Mafia album Conspiracy, this single was very iconic. I guess you can say Big gave one of the best diss verses ever, except it was about his wife. And the video added insult to injury. There was no denying who he was talking about in his verse, and let’s not forget he had both of his mistresses in the video. You got to give him props for that alone.
#4 Victory – Puff Daddy and the Family Featuring Notorious BIG and Busta Rhymes
This song comes from the Puff Daddy and the Family album, single released March 1998. It’s a good thing Puff opens the song, because, I don’t how anybody would’ve been able to follow BIG’s verse. Deny it if you like, this a classic song, with classic BIG lyrics. “Real sick, brawl nights/ I perform like Mike/ Anyone — Tyson, Jordan, Jackson Action, pack guns, ridiculous/ And I’m, quick to bust, if my ends you touch…” Unfortunately BIG was never ever able to see the impact of the video due to being fatally shot a year earlier.
#3 It’s All About the Benjamins – Puff Daddy Featuring The Lox, Lil Kim and Notorious BIG
Who knew a song about currency would end up being popular to only the poor but the rich as well? The greatest thing about this song is that each verse gets better and of course BIG’s verse is last. To have four great verses leading up to lyrics that can only be described as epic well damn.
#2 Brooklyn’s Finest – Jay-z & Notorious BIG
Of course the greatest would record with the future great rapper, God MC Jayhova. BIG obviously knew what we later learned about Jay, after his death. The fact that the two never wrote a lyrics and this entire song is a back and forth is enough to make it a great song.
#1 Flava in Your Ear – Craig Mack Featuring Notorious BIG, Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes
How does a man who calls himself “heart throb never, big black, ugly as ever” start his verse off with “Niggas is mad I get more butt than ash trays/ Fuck a fair one I get mines the fast way/ The ski mask way/Uhh,
Ransom notes/ Far from handsome…but damn a nigga tote”. One of the toughest verses ever and it is the only collaboration EVER between Craig Mack and Biggie; that alone makes this verse classic.
This list was pretty hard to create, just because Biggie’s weakest verse is somebody elses best verse. With that being said if you think the list should be different, let me know.