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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

57. The Notorious B.I.G. "Big Poppa" (1994)

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

This was the song that established Biggie as the new "Overweight Lover" of rap, as he slaughtered the Isley Brothers' "Between The Sheets" loop (best remembered from the "Bonita Applebum" remix) with tales of his bedroom prowess. This exemplified the Bad Boy production style—replaying classic breaks and adding extra layers of instrumentation and melody to give the finished track a slicker, more polished feel. It proved to be an effective strategy, as it became one of Big’s most memorable moments.

Related: The 50 Best Notorious B.I.G. Songs

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