The 50 Best Notorious B.I.G. Songs

4. The Notorious B.I.G. "Big Poppa" (1993)



Producer: Chucky Thompson, Sean "Puffy" Combs
Album: Ready To Die
Label: Bad Boy

Although much of Ready To Die focused on gritty street tales of the trife life, you wouldn't have known it from the singles Puff chose to release. “Big Poppa” was the second look from the album, and it found B.I. playing the role of irresistible lover man. Although Big called himself "black and ugly as ever," he had enough big-man swag and personality to bag any cutie. The man had more mack than Craig.

Over a perfectly flipped sample of the Isley Brothers' “Between The Sheets,” Big gave us a tutorial on the art of seduction, taking us through a night in the life of a bottle-popping, club-hopping Don Juan. He even shared life's three essentials: Money, hoes and clothes.

With “Big Poppa,” he successfully crossed over to the pop charts, further breaking down cultural barriers at a time when rap was just beginning to infiltrate Middle America.

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