The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

10. The Notorious B.I.G. "Niggas Bleed" (1997)

Album: Life After Death
Producer: Nashiem Myrick, Carlos Broady, Sean Combs, & Steven Jordan
Label: Bad Boy Records

If 1994's Ready to Die found Biggie hungry to claim the King of New York crown, 1997's Life After Death saw the same man surveying his kingdom. Life After Death's paranoid kingpin visions color "Niggas Bleed," a glorious, over-the-top crime narrative full of guns, gore and unexpected twists. Biggie's chorus ("Niggas bleed just like us!") is savage, and the shootout that closes the song is an orgy of graphic violence. You can see and feel and hear every detail-from the gunshots and brain splatter to Big's accomplice's maniacal laughter throughout the whole ordeal.

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