Biggie Smalls Is (Still) The Illest: A Writer’s 5 Favorite Notorious B.I.G. Songs

(AllHipHop Features) Twenty years ago today, while leaving the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace was fatally shot. I still clearly remember being a 9-year-old boy sitting on the floor in the living room of my grandparents’ home in Sarasota, Florida, and hearing the newscaster report that Biggie had been killed on the evening news.

It left a void in Hip-Hop that will never be replaced and his passing is a tragedy on so many levels. However, rather than mourn his death, I choose to celebrate his life. The music he created is timeless and some of the best that has ever been made.

My name is Shad Reed and I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of writing for for about 4.5 years now. If you’ve read, commented, or debated over a list on this site at all in the past few years, there’s a very good chance that I’m the one who wrote it.