Instead of me writing about the top songs I liked from Notorious B.I.G, I’m going to share with you my top four collaborations that were, and still are,dope. In no particular order, I present…
Brooklyn’s Finest–Jay-Z ft Notorious B.I.G
Reasonable Doubt presented “Brooklyn’s Finest” in such a way that you or I could not argue over who delivered a better flow. Instead, Jay and Biggie complimented each other. In honourable mentions for Biggie:
“My Bed-Stuy flow’s malicious, delicious. Fuck three wishes, made my road to riches. From 62’s, gem stars, my moms dishes. Gram choppin’, police van dockin’, D’s at my doors knockin’.”
Dead Wrong– Notorious B.I.G ft Eminem
Off of his Born Again album, Biggie delivered “Dead Wrong” in a raw, uncut and in your face manner. Eminem lyrically stepped up and did his thing on the sample drum beat taken from Al Green’s, “I’m Glad You’re Mine.” However, Biggie slayed his song with:
“Slit him down the back and threw salt in the wound. Who you think you’re dealin’ with? Anybody step into my path is fuckin’ feelin’ it”
The What– Notorious B.I.G ft Method Man
I had to throw this joint in simply because Method Man is one of my favourite MC’s from Wu-Tang. Lyrically, Meth and Big went in on this joint. But for Big, there were too many punch lines to choose from, but if I had to give you a “remember Biggie told you so” line, it would have to be:
“Flows just grow through me like trees to branches, cliffs to avalanches. It’s the praying mantis, deep like the mind of Farrakhan, a motherfuckin’ rap phenomenon.”
Notorious Thugs– Notorious B.I.G ft Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
When a Brooklyn thug collabs with a fast paced, harmonizing, hard core Ohio rap group, it’s either a hit or a miss. I never would have thought that Biggie would join Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on “Notorious Thugs”. It took time for it to grow on me, but now it’s one of my daily listens. It’s pretty dope that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was the only group to work with Biggie when he was still alive, as well as the late 2PAC, Eazy-E, and Big Pun.
“Doesn’t it seem odd to you? Big comes through wit mobs and crews. Goodfellas down to the Mo’ Thug dudes. Who’s the killer? Me or you?”
May you continue to rest in peace, Christopher Wallace. Your memory will continue to proposer each year as we commemorate your rap career.