The music of Christopher George Latore Wallace continues to influence artists all across the world. Known to many by several aliases—Biggie Smalls, Big Poppa and of course, the Notorious B.I.G.—his music redefined Hip-Hop forever.
His story is one that has inspired hope in so many, how someone with enough talent and determination can turn his life around for the better.
Now, nearly two decades later, and his music is just as relevant as ever. And, although Biggie is no longer with us, his music still lives on in the songs and samples of those he touched.
In honor of Biggie and all those he has influenced over the past 20 years, we have compiled a playlist of 97 songs (some of which surprised even us) that were directly influenced by the Notorious B.I.G.
Tracks include artists such as: Trey Songz, J. Cole, Nas, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Lil Cease, Halsey, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Linkin Park, Usher, Lil Kim, Faith Evans, Vampire Weekend and the undisputed “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson to name a few.
All of the 97 tracks on this playlist have, in some way, been influenced by Biggie, either directly, in a sample, or as a cover.
On March 9, 2017, we hope that you will join us in honoring the life of Biggie Smalls by sharing photos, video, thoughts, feelings, songs, lyrics and memories with the hashtag #20YearsAfterBiggie
On the anniversary of his death, its crucial to celebrate a life that was well-lived and influential.