If looking to learn about Biggie Smalls songs, these five are his most well known singles. Biggie Smalls is the nickname for rapper Christopher Wallace who died on March 9, 1997. His stage name was The Notorious B.I.G. but his nickname was Biggie Smalls. He only released one full length studio album before his death titled "Ready To Die." Biggie Smalls is regarded as a lyrical genius, and his songs are chalked full of emotion and truth.
- "Hypnotize" Released as a single from the 1997 album "Life After Death," this Biggie Smalls song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He wrote every lyric in "Hypnotize," even the female vocals. This Biggie Smalls song was produced by Sean Combs (Puff Daddy) and features a sample of the 1979 track "Rise" by Herb Alpert. Biggie was the first artist Alpert allowed to sample the song. He previously turned down requests from Ice Cube, Easy E, and Vanilla Ice. This was Biggie Smalls last song released as a single before his untimely death.
- "Juicy" From the 1994 album "Ready To Die," this Biggie Smalls song is autobiographical. He wrote the lyrics about his career, and how his popularity as a rapper was unexpected. Biggie also raps about all the materialistic objects he has accumulated from his sudden success. At the beginning of this song he dedicates the album "Ready To Die" to the teachers who told him he would never amount to anybody. Some tracks that have sampled this Biggie Smalls song include, Lil' Kim's "All Good," Chiddy Bang's "Now U Know," and The Game's "Do It B.I.G."
- "Mo’ Money Mo Problems" In 1997 this Biggie Smalls song was released as a single from the album "Life After Death." The album was released three years after his death. Sean Combs (Puff Daddy) used an unreleased Biggie Smalls verse as the backbone for this song. The title explains exactly what the song is about, which is having money brings on more life problems. Mase, Puff Daddy, and Kelly Price are also featured on this track. It reached #1 on Billboard Hot 100 and samples the Diana Ross song "I'm Coming Out."
- "One More Chance" R&B female vocalists Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige are both featured on this Biggie Smalls song. The beat is slow, and the lyrics are sexually based. It samples "Stay With Me," a track by DeBarge. Despite the explicit lyrics this Biggie Smalls song went on to reach #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is off the 1994 album "Ready To Die."
- "Big Poppa" This Biggie Smalls song was released as a single from his 1994 album "Ready To Die." The song title is a reference to one of his many nicknames. The lyrics Biggie Smalls wrote for this song are about how great his life is, and how good he is with the ladies. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A lot of artists have sampled this Biggie Smalls song including Jay-Z on his track "Excuse Me Miss."