Rare Joints from the Notorious Biggie Smalls

Alright, first up is this joint off of Tracey Lee’s debut 1997 album, Many Facez which featured a couple verses from the Notorious B.I.G.  Coincidentally The Buchanans flipped the same sample six years later for Jay-Z on What More Can I Say off The Black Album.

Keep Your Hands High – Tracey Lee Feat. Biggie Smalls

Next up is a personal favorite of mine which got much play on the old boombox, taken from Funkmaster Flex’s 60 Minutes of Funk Volume 2.  This one if you’ve never heard it is a must-have, featuring The Lox & Biggie over RZA‘s classic C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) instrumental.

Biggie & Lox Freestyle Funk Flex

Big was the shit on R & B jams too which is evident on this Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat heater for the Bad Boys Soundtrack in 95.  B-I-G glides effortlessly over that polished So So Def production like no other, plus the classic Gap Band sample ties it together oh so smoothly.

Da B-Side – Da Brat & Jermaine Dupri Feat. Notorious B.I.G.

What happened between 2pac and Biggie was truly a shakesperian-like tragedy, one time friends turned enemies over petty disputes and miscommunication.  Two icons that propelled each other to heights unseen in Hip-Hop before and probably will never be seen again.  Listening to the original version of Runnin (not Eminem’s 2003 remix) makes me wonder what a Pac/Big reunion would’ve sounded like in 2010.  “Nothing sadder in life than wasted talent” 

Runnin – 2pac Feat. Biggie Smalls & The Outlawz

In case you missed it, Notorious B.I.G. 2009 tribute

The Notorious B.I.G.

Almost every hip-hop fan can agree that The Notorious B.I.G. is in the Top Five Mc’s to ever touch a mic, many would place him even higher, especially us here on the East Coast.  It’s a shame that Big never got to see the fruits of his success off of his sophmore double LP Life After Death.  After his passing in 1997, Biggie has since became an American Icon.  HHTT proudly salutes Biggie Smalls on the 12th anniversary of his passing.

After Ready to Die Biggie got the rest of  his Junior Mafia crew together and released Conspiracy in 1995.  The album featured hits like Get Money & Player’s Anthem below is the slept on banger Realms of Junior Mafia, produced by Clark Kent and features fellow Mafia members Lil Cease, Cheek Del Vec and Jamal.  “Lights excite all the Freaks

Realms of Junior M.A.F.I.A. – Biggie Smalls & Junior Mafia

The Wickedest besides having one of the dopest intro’s ever, showcases Biggie gettin RAW as he did so well in his early years.  The freestyle was recorded with the help of the legendary Mister Cee and featured on a funk flex tape back in the early 90’s.

The Wickedest – Notorious Biggie Smalls