Although he’s no longer here, the influence of the Notorious B.I.G. still impacts the game to this day. Since Ready To Die dropped back in 1994, Christopher Wallace’s breakthrough album laid the groundwork for future rappers to continue his dream of pushing hip-hop forward. Some of today’s biggest names in the game like Jay Z, Common, Raekwon and more have been inspired by Biggie’s music and portrayed his spirit into their own music.
Over the years, we’ve heard artists take on Big’s hits and turn them into new pieces that pay tribute to the fallen rapper. While some MCs have simply rapped over his infectious jams, others have sampled classic bars from his memorable hits like “Juicy” and “Big Poppa” making their own songs with Biggie as the backbone. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Ready To Die, we dug up ten well-known tracks and songs you may not know that were inspired by the album.