When I saw that today is the 17th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G’s death, I thought of all the mashups and remixes of his songs I’ve heard in recent years and decided to compile a list of the best ones here. Other than Jay-Z and Kanye, Biggie has to be the most “mashed up” hip hop artist of all time. When I started teaching hip hop yoga, I began to amass a crazy amount of mashups, and the amount I have that involve Biggie is kind of insane.
I was in 8th grade when he died, and although I was aware of his music then, mostly the song “Hypnotize,” I didn’t start to appreciate him (or hip hop in general) until later in high school. I was heavily into indie and punk bands then, like Sonic Youth, Pavement, and NOFX, and hip hop wasn’t even on my radar. It’s interesting to remember that back then, before the internet was really a thing, my only music sources were “Rolling Stone,” “Spin,” the radio, and the staff at my favorite record stores, and I only happened to hear that Biggie had died by listening to the radio after school that day. Now, in the age of viral videos and Buzzfeed lists, we are instantly bombarded with tweets, status updates and texts when anything happens in the music or entertainment world, and 17th anniversaries are actually noteworthy things that we commemorate.
Here’s my Biggie Mashup list:
1.) “Big Poppa Is Sleepless” by Jaymee Frachina and Jeremy Smith (Biggie vs. Flume). You could pretty much mash up any song with “Sleepless” and it would be gold.
2.) “Party and Bullshit in the USA” (Biggie vs. Miley Cyrus)
Remember when Miley was all cute and innocent, circa the summer of 2009? This mashup never gets old, in my opinion.
3.) “Some Other Party In Paradise” By Brenton Duvall (Biggie vs. Phil Collins)
Biggie and cheesy 80’s music…what is not to love?
4.) “Vesuvius’ Struggle” by Benjamin Dranklin (Biggie vs. Sufjan Stevens)
Talk about two very different artists coming together in the most beautiful way…The pic of the two of them next to the track is priceless.
5.) “Hypnotize Portlandia” by Chi Duly (Biggie vs. Washed Out)
One of my favorite mashups of all time, this one just flows perfectly.
6.) “Float On Juicy Fruit” by MOLF (Biggie vs. Modest Mouse)
The beat of “Float On” actually works pretty well with the beat of “Juicy.” Works for me. Fun mashup.
7.) “Phantosize” by Jeff Kyung (Biggie vs. Phantogram)
The beats blend pretty perfectly.
8.) “Juicy Little Secrets” by Clay and Justin (Biggie vs. Passion Pit)
9.) “Fuck With Mo’ Money” (Biggie, Mase, and Diddy vs. Penguin Prison)
Perfect electro/old school hip hop mashup! Total ear candy.
10.) “Wrong Game” (Biggie vs. Lana Del Rey)
This whole mixtape, “Born Ready to Die” by Terry Urban is pure genius. Check out the whole thing on soundcloud.