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The Notorious B.I.G: 5 Rappers That ‘Came Close’ To Re-Creating The Hip Hop Legend

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“Take a better stand, Put money in my moms hand and get my daughter this college plan, so she don’t need no man”, are the type of things that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Notorious B.I.G.[/lastfm] rapped about where he spoke words of  empowerment about living out his dreams and getting out of poverty. Those words are what made him one of the greatest rappers to ever rock a microphone.

[photogallerylink id=38524 align=left]The problem with being the greatest is that everyone wants to take your spot. Since the passing of Biggie, countless rappers have tried to live up to the hip hop legend’s status and become the greatest rapper of all time. It’s obvious that everyone cannot be Christopher Wallace because it takes a certain amount of style, grace, lyricism, and wit to recreate the rapper. However, check out 5 rap artists who’s style resembles the legend and who just may have come the closest to recreating his artistry.

5.  Nas

Some argue that because  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] rocked stages with the legend, he is much like Biggie. However, if we’re talking lyricism, then it cannot go unsaid that Biggie was an incredible storyteller and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nas [/lastfm] is next up on the list right behind him.


4. BB Jay

Not very many people remember [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]BB Jay [/lastfm] but he was a gospel rapper from Brooklyn that penned songs and collaborations with such artists as Mary Mary and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Hezekiah Walker[/lastfm]. The rapper was signed to Jive Records and released 2 Christian Hip Hop albums between 1991-2001. Many were shocked that he sounded and looked almost identical to Biggie but did rap secular music.

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3. Guerilla Black

For a short period of time, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Guerilla Black[/lastfm], a rapper from Compton, California, was looked at as the West Coast Biggie Smalls. The rapper resembled B.I.G. physically and vocally in sound and presence but ultimately could not live up to the hip hop legend’s legacy.


2. Rick Ross

It today’s time, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rick Ross[/lastfm] is said to be the rapper that comes closest to Biggie’s style, even stated by Diddy himself. There’s no question that he’s lyrical but does he really live up to Biggie’s potential?


1. Shyne

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Shyne[/lastfm] shocked the world when he first hit the hip hop scene in 1998 just 1 year after the death of Biggie. What was even crazier was that this kid sounded identical to B.I.G. while also being signed to his label Bad Boy. Many people say that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Shyne[/lastfm] had the most potential to become the next Biggie but he never got his chance after being sent to prison in 1999.

Read more stories about The Notorious B.I.G:

Remembering Biggie: Top 10 Notorious B.I.G. Music Videos

10 Rappers Influenced By The Notorious B.I.G.

New Lead In Biggie’s Death

The Notorious B.I.G. History


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