The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the mean streets of Brooklyn to become one of the greatest rappers of all time. Biggie was a witty storyteller. His vivdid tales about street life earned him respect in hip-hop. Get familiar with the late great Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie Smalls generally enjoys blind adulation due, but only a fool will deny his skill, his unparalleled flow, his larger-than-life charisma, his generation-spanning influence. And yes, I've doled out my own share of praise to Brooklyn's finest, but I've never bought into the GOAT argument. There is one thing we can all agree on, though -- the man made timeless music in the short time he had here on earth. Here's what I believe to be Biggie's 15 greatest songs.
As promised, HBO's Game of Thrones mixtape is here. Big Boi and Wale bookend the tape with "Mother of Dragons" and "King Slayer" respectively. In between lies a diverse cast of veterans and upstarts -- Common, Daddy Yankee, Snow tha Product and this year's 10 to Watch rapper Kilo Kish.
So what can you expect from a mixtape where random rappers rap about Game of Thrones? Life is like Game of Thrones metaphors? Check. "Spit fire iike Khaleesi" metaphors? Check. Things that rhyme with "Westeros"? Check.
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Catch the Throne Tracklist
- Big Boi - "Mother of Dragons"
- Magazeen - "Iron Throne"
- Bodega Bamz - "Win or Die"
- Kilo Kish - "Magical Reality"
- Daddy Yankee - "Born to Rule"
- Dominik Omega - "Arya's Prayer"
- Dee Goodz - "The Parallel"
- Snow tha Product - "Fire"
- Common - "The Ladder"
- Wale - "King Slayer"
There was a time when Ross' exaggerated mafioso persona was his strongest weapon. Oh, how things have changed. Here's my take on Rick Ross' Mastermind.