Today would have been the The Notorious B.I.G.’s 43rd birthday. Biggie, whose given name was Christopher Wallace, was only 24-years old at the time of his death in March of 1997 and despite a tragically abbreviated career he remains at the top of many hip-hop fans’ favorite rappers list.
To honor one of the greatest hip-hop artists ever, here’s a look back at some of the best verses of Biggie’s career.
1. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”
“We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us / No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us / Birthdays was the worst days / Now we sip champagne when we thirsty.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
2. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Ready to Die”
“When I die, fuck it, I wanna go to hell / Cause I’m a piece of shit, it ain’t hard to fucking tell / It don’t make sense, going to heaven with the goodie-goodies / Dressed in white, I like black Timbs and black hoodies.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
3. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa”
“I got more mack than Craig and in the bed / Believe me sweetie, I got enough to feed the needy / No need to be greedy, I got mad friends with Benzes.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
4. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Party & Bullshit”
“Lounging black, smoking sacks up in Ac’s and Sidekicks / With my sidekicks rocking fly kicks.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
5. Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & LL Cool J – “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)”
“Disappear, vamoose, you’re wack to me / Take them rhymes back to the factory / I see the gimmicks, the wack lyrics, the shit is / Depressing, pathetic, please forget it.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
6. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Who Shot Ya”Source:Getty
“Who shot ya? / Seperate the weak from the obsolete / Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
7. Unbelievable – Biggie (Original Version)
“Live from Bedford Stuyvesant / The Livest one / Representing BK to the fullest / Gats I pull it bastards ducking when Big be bucking.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
8. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Notorious Thugs”Source:Getty
“Armed and dangerous / Ain’t too many can bang with us / Straight up weed, no angel dust / Label us Notorious / Thug ass niggaz that love to bust, it’s strange to us.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
9. The Notoroius B.I.G. – “Sky’s The Limit”
“Getting larger in waists and tastes / Ain’t no telling where this felon is heading, just in case / Keep a shell at the tip of your melon, clear the space / Your brain was a terrible thing to waste.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
10. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. 112 – “Miss U”
“We work all week, weekends we play the movies / We rock flatops, our girls rocked doobies / Made a killin’, even though the D’s knew me / Eventually, you know they try to do me.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
11. The Notorious B.I.G. – Freestyle At MSGSource:Getty
“I got 7 Mac-11’s / About eight 38s / Nine 9s, 10 Mac Tens / The shit never ends / You can’t touch my riches / Even if you had MC Hammer and them 357 bitches.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
12. The Notorious feat. Method Man – “The What”
“Excuse me, flows just grow through me / Like trees to branches, cliffs to avalanches / It’s the praying mantis, deep like the mind of Farrakhan.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
13. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Me & My Bitch”Source:Getty
“I never felt that way in my life / It didn’t take long before I made you my wife / Got no rings and shit, just my main squeeze / Comin’ to the crib, even had a set a keys.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
14. The Notorious B.I.G.
Here’s one of Biggies first ever recorded freestyles.
15. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Victory”Source:Getty
“Rhyme a few bars so I can buy a few cars / Then I kick a few flows so I can pimp a few hoes / Excellence is my presence never tense / Never hesitant leave a nigga bent real quick.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
16. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Kick In The Door”
“In fear you start to cry, ask why / Lyrically I’m worshiped, don’t front, the word sick / You cursed it, but rehearsed it / I drop unexpectedly like bird shit.” – The Notorious B.I.G.
17. The Notorious B.I.G. – “I Got A Story To Tell”
“Her brain racin, she’s tellin me to stay patient / She don’t know I’m, cool as a fan / Gat in hand, I don’t wanna blast her man / But I can and I will though / I probably chill though / Even though situation lookin kinda ill yo.” – The Notorious B.I.G.