March 9 remains forever embedded in our minds as the day we lost the late and great Notorious B. While Biggie's catalog of music wasn't extremely extensive his posthumous releases have been fairly minimal , we can probably agree that it's a solid discography. However, some of the best Biggie songs are those that simply lived on his two albums, Ready to Die and Life After Death. Others appeared as remixes, b-sides and unreleased tracks that are regarded as treasured relics of a rap god who left this Earth way too soon. So in honor of the life of the G. From his singles to his rarities to his most notable tracks, there are many songs to treasure. Peep our list below. The track just screams real hip-hop as he explains the stress of slinging drugs. It's one of the purer cuts that Biggie bestowed upon us, where it really was just straight spittin' sans too many bells and whistles. It's proof too that even with a simple bassline, Biggie could still deliver some complex bars with the greatest of ease.
He was shot dead at just 24, but Biggie is respected now more then ever for his unique style and flow. He was born on 21 May in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood of Brooklyn, where he lived with his mother. He went on to have various run-ins with police and a stint in prison in for dealing drugs. He began rapping as a teenager, and after leaving jail adopted the name Biggie Smalls and released a freestyle mixtape.
Notorious B. Like Kurt Cobain before him, Biggie left a scant catalog of music in his wake that only scratched the surface of his capabilities as a performer. His sole pair of proper LPs, Ready to Die and Life After Death , are both essential listens for any hip-hop fan who appreciates the soul of the art form. But the man had so much more to offer this world. The image came from a session Wallace did with photographer Barron Clairborne for Mass Appeal three days before his murder. The image is very stripped down, you only see his face. The fact that he died made the symbolism stronger. He had to die for this image to have that symbolism.
Every birthday is a reminder that the man born Christopher Wallace was able to accomplish all of this in just five years in the business and one album released in his lifetime. The stars he name-checked -- including Mariah Carey , Mary J. The Ready to Die fan favorite finds B. Ready to Die was another example of a cultural sea change in hip-hop.