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Top 10 Biggie Collaborations of All Time

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There are only two reasons you'd ever want to jump on a track with The Notorious B.I.G.:

1) You like him and what he brings to the table

2) You're a glutton for torture

Biggie Smalls always brought his A-game when he joining forces with other artists. And, sometimes, that meant leaving them in a body bag. Big approached collaborations with the same grit and hilarity that graced his solo cuts. Here are 10 of Biggie's best collaborations.

10. "Player's Anthem (Remix)" (with Junior M.A.F.I.A.)

(Album: Conspiracy, Junior M.A.F.I.A.)

Aside from storytelling and bragfests, party rap was one B.I.G.'s bread and butter. In fact, the credits should on this song should've read 'Notorious B.I.G. ft. Junior M.A.F.I.A.'

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9. "Victory" (with Busta Rhymes & Puff Daddy)

(Album: No Way Out, Puff Daddy & The Family)

Equal parts paranoia and aggression, Biggie's verse on "Victory" is one of the brightest spots on Diddy's No Way Out LP.

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8. "Runnin' (Dyin' to Live)" (with 2pac)

(Album: Tupac: Resurrection (OST), 2Pac)

"Running (Dying to Live)" is a remake of a posse cut called "Running From the Police," which also features Pac and Big. Eminem reconstructs the track by incorporating a sample of Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live," as well as nuggets of Tupac and Biggie interviews.

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7. "Notorious Thugs" (with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)

(Album: Life After Death, Notorious B.I.G.)

Who knew Biggie Smalls could rock propane-fueled, melody-driven floetry a la Bone Thugs-N-Harmony? Credit also goes to Bone (the only rap group to have shared mics with both Biggie and 'Pac in their lifetime) for setting the pace. Literally.

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6. "Dead Wrong" (with Eminem)

(Album: Born Again, Notorious B.I.G.)

On this posthumous collaboration, Frank White submits a gangsta recital about "spreading blood like mustard." For his part, Eminem matches Biggie's jaw-dropping rhymes with reckless references to cannibalism and exorcism.

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5. "Only You" (Bad Boy Remix) (with 112 and Mase)

(Album: 112, 112)

Whereas Big's debut single, 1992's "Cruisin'" failed to make an impression on the charts, his verse on "Only You" helped push the 112 jam to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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4. "Real Love (Remix)"/"What's the 411" (with Mary J. Blige)

(Album: What's the 411: The Remixes, Mary J. Blige)

Biggie's exceptional performance on "What's the 411" rivals his microscopic presence on "Real Love," but both  are undeniable throwback classics.

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3. "The What" (with Method Man)

(Album: Ready to Die, Notorious B.I.G.)

"Flows just grow through me/ like trees to branches/Cliffs to avalanches/It's the praying mantis/Deep like the mind of Farrakhan A motherf****n rap phenomenon."

Not to be outdone by the Wu-Tang's most flavorful MC, Biggie holds his weight with heavy punchlines too numerous to name. The lone collaboration on Ready to Die eventually became one of his best songs ever.

 

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2. "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)" (with Craig Mack, LL Cool J, Rampage, & Busta Rhymes)

(Album: Project: Funk the World, Craig Mack)

Fresh off the critical praise of Ready to Die, Big Poppa delivers a lyrical smackdown within the first 20 seconds of this all-star remix ("N***as is mad I get more butt than ashtrays"). Ah, the good ol' days when Puffy's role was limited to dancing in videos.

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1. "Brooklyn's Finest" (with Jay-Z)

(Album: Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z)

A collaboration is supposed to be a balanced showcase with all parties making meaty contributions, not an opportunity for one star to shine. That's what makes "Brooklyn's Finest" such an epic collaboration.

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