The American rapper Notorious B.I.G. was tragically gunned down in March 1997, but his legend lives on through his music. Though he was only 24 when he died, he managed to record some of the most recognizable hip hop lyrics in the music industry. No music lover’s collection would be complete without Notorious B.I.G. mixtapes that highlight the work of this hip hop genius.

Popularly referred to as Biggie Smalls or Big Poppa, Christopher Wallace had an important message to relay and he did it by doing what he knew best…rapping. His debut album, ominously titled Ready to Die, was released in 1994. Wallace represented the East Coast at a time when West Coast rap artists were more common.

Unfortunately, Wallace became a part of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry, which turned violent, and some believe this resulted in his death. Notorious B.I.G. mixtapes capture a verbal portion of the sparring contained in some of his songs. In his short lifetime, this artist became so popular that two albums have been released since his death. You will be hard-pressed to find a classic hip-hop mixtape that does not contain at least one song by Notorious B.I.G.

Known for his ability to tell stories in an easy manner and lyrics that were both dark and semi-autobiographical, his songs hit home with many listeners. In what some feel was foreshadowing, his double-disc set, which was released a mere 15 days after his death, was titled Life After Death. It topped the U.S. album charts and was one of only a few hip hop albums to be certified Diamond, with songs soon being included in Notorious B.I.G. mixtapes.

Notorious B.I.G. mixtapes are a must-have for anyone who enjoys this style of music. Whether he was rapping alone or with his best friend, Sean “Diddy” Combs, his songs were always true to his thoughts and beliefs. A hole in the music world was created when this landmark artist died before he could show us all he had to give.

Source by Ari Allon