Top 10 Rap Songs that Tribute or Mention the Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie's cultural and influential impact on Brooklyn, New York City, and Hip Hop is bigger than any other. Over the years, there have been many, many rap artists who have paid homage to the Brooklyn legend, through their own music and words.

The Notorious B.I.G. passed away on March 9th 1997, Los Angeles California.
The Top Ten
1 Last Real N***a Alive - Nas

"Y'all don't know about my Biggie wars. Who you thought Kick in the Door was for? But that's my heart, y'all still trippin' off the Jigga s*."

These words indicate that Nas earlier had beef with Big, although the song in full speaks on his beef with Jay-Z and Puff.

2 Brooklyn's Own - Joey Bada$$


dedicates this song to the legacy and legends of the Brooklyn Hip scene, which has obviously been a large influence to him. He specifically pays respect to Jay-Z and, of course, Biggie.

He even released the song on the 19th anniversary of Biggie's death.

3 Letter to B.I.G. - Jadakiss

As the song's title explains, the track is lyrically dedicated to Biggie in the form of one verse.

It has guest vocals by Faith Evans, who was married to B.I.G.

4 'Till I Collapse - Eminem

I feel like the list was an important part of the song becoming big. It just seems like having a list of his greatest rappers would be something that a lot of people would want to hear.

Plus, the fact that he included himself could symbolize the point where he became a hip hop icon in his own right.

"I got a list, here's the order of my list that it's in. It goes Reggie, Jay-Z, 2Pac and Biggie, AndrΓ© from OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas, and then me. But in this industry, I'm the cause of a lot of envy."

In these famous 'Eminem Show' lines, Biggie is one of nine emcees that Eminem views to be on the highest caliber.

5 Doing It Way Big - Lil' Kim

"Anything we do, we do it B.I.G. Every move we make is always B.I.G. And the number one rule, think B.I.G. And the best rapper's still B.I.G."

6 What's Free - Memphis Bleek

Featuring Rick Ross and Jay-Z, Meek Mill's 'What's Free' pays homage to Biggie through the song's lyrics and its title.

The song was Bleek's take on Biggie's 'What's Beef?' (1997).

7 Second Round K.O. - Canibus

Mike Tyson introduces Canibus' hardcore, iconic boxing style diss against LL Cool J. Clearly, the song is not directed at Biggie.

Canibus does state Biggie's take on beef in rap: "'Cause the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th. God bless his soul, rest in peace, kid. It's because of him now at least I know what beef is. It's not what I would call this, see this is something different."

8 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) - Jay-Z

"Let's take the dough and stay real jiggy, uh-huh. And sip the Cris' and get pissy-pissy. Flow infinitely like the memory of my n**** Biggie, baby!"

A short but sweet flowing reference to Biggie, who had only passed away (1997) a year before the song's release (1998).

9 Deadly Combination - Big L

Following Tupac's guest verse, Big L begins his raps with,
"I be that young, pretty, fly, smooth, glorious kid. A Bad Boy, just like The Notorious B.I.G."

10 Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
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