Takin’ Em Back – 1/16: The Biggie Edition!

17 01 2009


In honor of the late Notorious BIG and today’s release of his autobiographical film, I’m dedicating today’s throwback entry to some of my favorite Biggie videos. The movie is definitely worth checking out, so be sure that you hit up the nearest theater this weekend to see this film. Click the full story to peep 5 of my favorite Biggie videos!

Juicy

Notorious Big’s debut single became an instant classic with the inspirational lyrics, clear laid back flow, and excellent use of the “Juicy Fruit” sample. The lyrics clearly guide listeners through Biggie’s struggle to his success with signing to Bad Boy.

Big Poppa

“Big Poppa” was the prime example of what a club track should be. It’s not overly cliched, too flashy, and overall it’s a smooth track. Hip hop artists remain to make videos like these today, but unlike Big Poppa they are exaggerated.

One More Chance

Even though I’m a skinny dude, I must say Big held it down for the bigger brothas. Big had cameo’s from damn near every R&B chick at the time from the late Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, Total, and his wife Faith; all asking for one more chance. On a side note, what happened to Zhane, Patra, and Changing Faces, where are they now?

Craig Mack feat. Big, Busta, Rampage, and LL – Flava In Your Ear (Remix)

Classic to say the least. All MC’s wreck this track making it one of the best posse cuts ever. Puff kicks off the joint mocking the popular Warriors scene clicking two bottles chanting “Bad Boy come out to play”, then Biggie drops a hot verse. Till this day rappers make videos inspired by this signature black-and-white music video produced by the legendary Hype Williams.

Hypnotize

The last music video to feature Big and instantly became a hit. In the late 90’s, Bad Boy artists made “mini movies” with their music videos, with this being the first of it’s style. The video would later inspire DJ Khaled’s “We Takin’ Over” video with fairly similar chase scenes.

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