A larger-than-life talent with a tragically early end, The Notorious B.I.G. helped to create the moneyed hip-hop world we know today.
Stepping out as an unlikely hip-hop loverman, The Notorious B.I.G. ensured that Big Poppa would live in the memory as a certified classic.
Posthumously compiled from Biggie’s vast trove of unreleased recordings, ‘Born Again’ brimmed with life from one of the world’s greatest MCs.
An evocative picture of life in 90s New York City, The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, ‘Ready To Die’, introduced a vital voice in hip-hop.
A caustic burst of pop-rap, You Need Me, I Don’t Need You saw Ed Sheeran vent his frustrations to leap from the loop pedal to a record deal.
A breakthrough song that established Biggie Smalls as the greatest of all time, Juicy reveals why the MC was ripe for world domination.
Offering consolation when British males needed it the most, Dry Your Eyes found The Streets spearheading emotional vulnerability in hip-hop.
From pioneering grime cuts to unlikely emotive ballads, the best The Streets songs gave UK hip-hop the identity it had long been in search of.
The best Notorious B.I.G. songs threw down the gauntlet for all rappers to follow, while ensuring Biggie’s status as Brooklyn’s finest.
Damon Albarn’s cartoon collective scored a massive hit with their second album, ‘Demon Days’ – though its pop hooks hid a dark underbelly.
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