An EDM Tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.

biggie crown An EDM Tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.

Yes, The Notorious B.I.G. was a great story teller and technically he was nice (you don't get that far with out that), but the thing that made Biggie who he really was, was his flow. While other rappers will mumble or say any old nonsensical bullshit, Biggie held no punches. He got right in your face and told you like it was. More than that, today's rappers can often be boiled down to a singular catchphrase or sound, to the point where they have become shallow imitations of their inspirations; Biggie wasn't like that. Biggie had so many incredible lines that it's impossible to really say what was his signature line. Is it "I like it when you call me big poppa?" or how about "it was all a dream..." or how about "when I die, fuck it I wanna go to hell! 'Cause I'm a piece of shit, it ain't hard to fuckin' tell." Seriously! And that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can go on Facebook or twitter and invariably see a Biggie line and you know exactly where it came from. While his beat selection was often on point, too, they were much more a complement to Biggie than vice versa.

The best part about today's EDM movement? Many of the producers were in school, growing up to Biggie's music while he was still alive, so it's not rare to find a classic Biggie line thrown atop some dubstep or in a drum & bass track. Here are some of the best remixes and tracks that utilized Biggie Smalls' skills as an MC, helping his legacy live on.

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  • props

    great list but if i was to pick a Pretty Lights’ tune sampling B.I.G. that would have definitely been “Ask your friends”

    • Jake L

      Thanks dude. Definitely considered it, but while “Ask Your Friends” is a GREAT tune, I felt like “Sunday School” was more appropriate for this list. The way that tune combines bluesy riffs with funk rhythms and an electro style and choice biggie bits? Class. But like I said, not the same as “Sunday School” b/c on AYF Biggie is almost an afterthought with how busy that track is. It’s not letting Biggie shine the same way as SS.

  • Fuzz

    Big up to all the sick drum and bass on this list. Especially that Limb By Limb remix. Shit is banger.

  • Jeffrey

    Ewun’s “Screw Up” is the best use of this sample, IMO.

    • khal

      that’s a good one as well.