6. The Notorious B.I.G.

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6. The Notorious B.I.G.

To this day, many critics lists and personal lists still rate The Notorious B.I.G. as the best rapper who ever lived.  He was called the savior of East Coast Rap and his storytelling ability had few equals.  He didn’t romanticize the Gangster life but rapped it in a gritty realistic way.  His rapping style also did not seem forced and arguably nobody ever made rapping seem so natural.

Like many, Biggie was a much bigger figure in death and his murder ironically made him a martyr.  Like Tupac who died six months before, the man born Christopher Wallace remains a huge figure in Rap and his legacy continues to grow.  It shouldn’t surprise anyone if the Notorious B.I.G. gains entry to the Hall within his first five years of eligibility.  Actually, we will be shocked if he didn’t.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 2019
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City, NY)
  • Why they will get in: This one of the most legendary figures in music, even those who hate rap have to acknowledge that.
  • Why they won't get in: He will, but the Hall may not want induct more than one act who can’t show up in a year.
  • Essential Albums: Ready to Die (1994)
    Life After Death (1997)
    Born Again (1999)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Juicy (From Ready to Die, 1994)
    Big Poppa (From Ready to Die, 1994)
    Hypnotize (From Life After Death, 1997)
    Mo Money Mo Problems (From Life After Death, 1997)
    Sky’s the Limit (From Life After Death, 1997)

Should The Notorious B.I.G. be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.9%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 13.5%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 17:35
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