It’s Christopher Wallace’s 15th death day, and as you’d expect of a guy whose legend has exploded like an H-bomb after his passing, the Internet is pouring out eulogies with a prolificness only rivaled by Biggie’s own discography. I mean, when even the AARP is getting in on the action, I think another quick, random remembrance is meaningless. It’s altogether too easy to gloss over someone’s problems or let personal issues affect an obituary — Andrew Breitbart’s death coverage is the ultimate example — so I’ll just say this: Wallace himself surely had his good and bad parts, although I’ll never know because I never knew him.
Meanwhile, the Notorious B.I.G. was one of the greatest rappers of all time, an absolutely phenomenal lyricist with an extremely distinct flow. He also put together some epic party tracks, and considering today’s Friday, it seems fitting to pay homage to his career by getting down. (I can imagine that just about every club DJ in New York will be relying heavily on Biggie tonight.) So, with that in mind, here are some of my favorite tracks to use when I’m DJing. It’s by no means a definitive list, so add your favorites in the comments.
Tonight, pour one out for Biggie. Just don’t be cliché: Pour it into your face.
“Hypnotize” has one of the most recognizable beats of all time. What’s even more epic is that it’s sampled from a Herb Alpert (!!!) track.
You can see the rest of the videos right here on our nerdy sister site Motherboard.