I’m pleased to drop this brand new Best of Biggie for all his fans. On top of that, I’m happy I made the march 9th death anniversary deadline. Long story short, I was working on another Valentine’s tape because the first was so well-received, and then Cabbie said I should really do a March 9th BIG tape. It made sense because it’s been long overdue and the timing. That was it, my RNB tape had to get pushed back.
I have nothing to say about him dying or being sad. It’s not like he was a positive person or had amazing messages. He knew how to make bangers and that matters a lot. With Biggie, I constantly notice the versatility – is he rnb or is he hardcore preemo hip-hop or pop or just on a real demo vibe? I can never decide because he keeps going somewhere different, after it sinks in that he murdered one style. The versatility is not just because of him – don’t forget the producers: The Hitmen, Easy Mo Bee, Puff, DJ Premier, in that order (not to compare Premier to anybody). I don’t know if Big was thinking of putting in D-Train’s lines for “Sky’s the Limit” but I found it interesting how heavily he was involved in the production. For example, he would suggest sampling R. Kelly for the Premier-produced “Unbelievable” or tell D-Dot (one of Kanye West‘s mentors) that he was planning on using “Ladi Dadi” for the hook in “Hypnotize”. Who’s doing that? Who’s 17 years old and freestyling with perfection on street corners in the daylight and getting a crowd? Nobody. I love artists who master their craft. How can you not? Thanks to my peoples for reminding me about tracks like “Think Big” that I never even knew. Take an hour and a half and let the funk sit in. Enjoy.
- M-Rock’s Intro
- Ten Crack Commandments
- Walk on By – Isaac Hayes *
- Dolly My Baby – Supercat +
- Me And My Bitch (Live)
- Can’t You See – Total +
- I’m Going Down – Mary J. Blige **
- The What ft. Method Man
- Rap Phenomenon ft. Method Man
- Think Big – Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard + Lord Tariq +
- Kick In The Door
- The Points ft. Redman, Busta Rhymes +
- Playa’s Anthem – Junior Mafia +
- Ya Playin’ Yaself – Jeru The Damaja ^
- Flava In Ya Ear Remix – Craig Mack +
- Benjamins – Puff Daddy +
- Get Money – Junior Mafia +
- Gimme The Loot
- Machine Gun Funk
- Ladi Dadi – Slick Rick *
- Real Love (Remix) – Mary J Blige +
- Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright *
- Everyday Struggle
- Everyday Struggle – FaithEvans ft. Raekwon **
- Real Niggaz Do Real Things
- Going Back To Cali
- California Love/Hip-Hop – 2Pac/Dead Prez ^
- Garden Freestyle – 2Pac +
- Gettin’ Money – Junior Mafia +
- Hit Em Up – 2Pac ^
- Who Shot Ya (Juggle)
- I Show Ya – LL Cool J ^
- Notorious Thugs ft. Bone Thugs N Harmony
- Dead Wrong ft. Eminem
- I Got A Story To Tell
- Realest Niggas ft. 50 Cent
- Da B Side – Da Brat, JD +
- Only You (Remix) – 112 +
- I Love The Dough ft. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush
- I Just Wanna Love You – Jay-Z **
- The World Is Filled
- Brooklyn’s Finest – Jay-Z +
- Party & Bullshit (Lord Finesse Remix)
- Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down – Brand Nubian *
- Cars + Sex
- P.S.K. (What Does It Mean) – Schoolly D *
- B.I.G. (Interlude)
- Been Around The World – Puff Daddy +
- Mo Money Mo Problems ft. Kelly Price, Mase, Puff Daddy
- Nasty Girl (Remix) ft. Jagged Edge
- I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans, 112 ^
- Keep On – D-Train *
- Crush On You – Junior Mafia +
- Big Poppa
- Between the Sheets – Isley Brothers *
- Fuck You Tonight (feat. R. Kelly)
- Be happy – R. Kelly +
- Bobby Caldwell – My Flame *
- Sky’s The Limit ft. 112
- Stay With Me – Debarge *
- One More Chance ft. Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige
^ About The Notorious B.I.G.
+ Features The Notorious B.I.G.
** Samples The Notorious B.I.G.
* Sampled By The Notorious B.I.G.
- “I’m here to bring the drama”. The 2pac and Big set (around 3 or 4 songs) is disturbing and going to get me hated on. I brought their whole beef to life but going from Pac’s ranting, to Big’s, to the sounds of Big sticking a gun in someone’s mouth, to Big’s own heartbeat dying down into death. I’m here to bring the drama.
- The cuts on the whole tape are Preemo influenced. I’m getting more and more tired of the cuts I learned from the tablist era circa 98′, I want to take it back to that funky essence. Expect to hear simpler and simpler stuff on future tapes.
- Think Big: That whole “Jay-Z You Don’t Know” type pattern was a lot of fun to come up with. I’ve been dragging my feet with production, but that right there wasn’t too far off from it. Sometimes my mixtapes are barely about mixing, but about making new hooks that really get into my fans’ ears.
- The RNB section at the end: I’m less into tablism nowadays and more into this stuff, this really well-mixed or harmonized sequence of songs. This was the first part I started making, and I’ve had this whole section on repeat since I made it a few weeks ago.
Artwork by Jordan England.