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50 The Notorious B.I.G. Songs Every Fan Should Know

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Becoming a musical legend or icon is a tall order in itself, but being able to accomplish that feat within the span of five years puts you in rare air, which is exactly where The Notorious B.I.G.‘s legacy resides. One of the more notable artists across all music genres in the past quarter-century, the late rapper’s name is spoken with the kind of reverence reserved for creatives of the highest respect, which is understandable if you’re at all familiar with his short, but flawless resume.

As a rising MC in New York, Biggie would be tapped by Sean “Puffy” Combs and offered a record deal with Uptown Records, appearing on classic remixes from the likes of Mary J. Blige and Super Cat. However, following the release of Biggie’s 1993 track “Party and Bullshit,” Puffy would be booted from his position at Uptown Records, prompting him to form his own record label, Bad Boy. The flagship artist? The Notorious B.I.G. Releasing his landmark debut album, Ready to Die, in 1994, the Brooklyn heavyweight would put on his crew, Junior M.A.F.I.A., lend his midas touch to a slew of other artists via guest appearances and mold Lil’ Kim into a superstar prior to his untimely death on March 9, 1997.

Although his time on the top of the game was short-lived and he was less prolific than his counterparts, The Notorious B.I.G. still managed to leave an unforgettable legacy in his wake. His sophomore LP, Life After Death, was released posthumously six days after his death, giving fans music to forever remember him by. While he didn’t have much material to be released following his death, dozens of classic deep cuts, singles, remixes and rare loosies continue to get burn more than two decades after they were recorded.

With the 20th anniversary of his death here, we’ve compiled the 50 most essential songs from or featuring The Notorious B.I.G. to celebrate the life of Brooklyn’s Finest.


“Juicy”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Warning”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Gimme the Loot”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“One More Chance (Stay With Me Remix)”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“The What”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Method Man
 
 
 

“Big Poppa”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Unbelievable”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Suicidal Thoughts”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Everyday Struggle”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Party and Bullshit”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“What’s Beef”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Notorious Thugs”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
 
 
 

“Dead Wrong”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Eminem
 
 
 

“Going Back to Cali”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“My Downfall”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring DMC
 
 
 

“Long Kiss Goodnight”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Ten Crack Commandments”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“I Got a Story to Tell”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“I Love the Dough”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Jay Z
 
 
 

“Fuck You Tonight”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring R. Kelly
 
 
 

“Kick in the Door”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Somebody’s Gotta Die”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Sky’s the Limit”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Mo Money Mo Problems”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Hypnotize”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Young Gs”

Puff Daddy Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z
 
 
 

“You’ll See”

The LOX Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Dolly My Baby (Bad Boy Extended Mix)”

Super Cat Featuring The Notorious B.I.G., 3rd Eye, Puffy, Mary J. Blige
 
 
 

“Real Love (Remix)”

Mary J. Blige Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“House of Pain”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring 2Pac and Stretch
 
 
 

“Let’s Get It On”

Eddie F Featuring The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Heavy D, Grand Puba and Spunk Bigga
 
 
 

“Niggas Bleed”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Get Money (Remix)”

Junior M.A.F.I.A. Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)”

Craig Mack Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. Rampage, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes
 
 
 

“Realest Niggaz”

50 Cent Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“You Can’t Stop the Reign”

Shaq Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Runnin’ (Dying to Live)”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring 2Pac
 
 
 

“It’s All About the Benjamins”

Puff Daddy Featuring Lil’ Kim, The LOX and The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Get Money”

Junior M.A.F.I.A. Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Only You”

112 Featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Ma$e and Puff Daddy
 
 
 

“This Time Around”

Micheal Jackson Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Player’s Anthem”

Junior M.A.F.I.A. Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Can’t You See”

Total Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Notorious B.I.G.”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Lil’ Kim and Puff Daddy
 
 
 

“(You to Be) Be Happy”

R. Kelly Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Brooklyn’s Finest”

Jay Z Featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

“Victory”

Puff Daddy Featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes
 
 
 

“Come On”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Sadat X
 
 
 

“Spit Your Game”

The Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Twista and Krayzie Bone
 
 
 

“Who Shot Ya”

The Notorious B.I.G.
 
 
 

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