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The Notorious B.I.G.

A contender for best rapper of all time, and a gifted East Coast storyteller whose gritty, objective realism won him enormous respect and credibility. ~ Rovi

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Mar 05, 2008 - jimmyh
A Powerful Voice

Sure, like many of the hip-hop greats, the messages conveyed through his lyrics are misogynistic and materialistic. But the lyrics are just so damn clever, you just can't help but sing "Fuckin' You Tonight" at the top of your lungs, with your girlfriend providing the backup vocals.
Now that I've accepted that hip-hop artists steal all their beats and samples from older hits, I've begun rating them on WHAT they choose to steal, and what they do with it, rather than complaining about any plagiarism issues.
Not only has Notorious BIG stolen from some of the coolest artists of the 60's, 70's and 80's(Isley Brothers, Mtume, Diana Ross), but in some cases he's produced tracks that end up sounding cooler than the originals(you have to admit that B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" sounds way better than Herb Alpert's original fruity song, "Rise").
Sure, his music never says anything profound, but that's not why people listen to hip-hop these days(or even back in the 90's). They listen to hip-hop because it has a good beat, strong rhythmic vocals, and cool samples. If only Puff Daddy's wimpy voice weren't peppered liberally throughout EVERY DAMN SONG.
Despite that, Notorious B.I.G. is just fun to listen to.

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