The 50 Best Notorious B.I.G. Songs

38. The Notorious B.I.G. "Somebody's Gotta Die" (1997)



Producer: Nashiem Myrick, Carlos "6 July" Broady, Sean "Puffy" Combs
Album: Life After Death
Label: Bad Boy

"Somebody's Gotta Die" was an eerie way to kick off Big's second album. His words were so cinematic, even those with the weakest imaginations could watch the action play out in their minds. While Big was lauded for his use of punchlines and double-entendres, he was also an excellent storyteller. Many rap songs are pathetically predictable, but "Somebody" was a whole different caliber. A rap song vivid enough to turn your stomach? Yeah, Big did that.

From Sing showing up at Big's door at 3:52am with bloody sneakers, clutching a chrome .45, to plotting the retaliation of his fallen comrade C-Roc behind Diddy's back ("Puff won't even know what happened") the tale was all too real. And that final moment, when Big's adversary Jason turned around holding his daughter, amidst the sound of gunshots, raindrops and a crying baby? Street cinema at its finest.

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