Since his passing 20 years ago, The Notorious B.I.G. has not only been an everlasting figure for hip-hop and his music heavily sampled in the realms of pop — he’s also become an instrumental muse in the world of dance music. It’s the fire in his bars and vocal conviction that drives DJs and producers. It’s his laid back Mafioso swagger and Golden Age hip-hop beats that push some of the best at the turntables. After all, he is the Brooklynite that made partying and bulls–t a way of living.
Similar to the world of dance, The Notorious B.I.G. sold a lifestyle of money and fame that was gained by his innate ability to give the crowd what they want. His flashy persona commanded the camera, and it also carried an aura suited for nightclubs. It’s safe to say that the Notorious B.I.G. would have adapted to the exhilirating tour-de-force dance music has in today’s industry.
Without his studio LPs, Ready To Die and Life After Death?, who knows where hip-hop would be today. That goes to say, would any true Biggie remixes grace the speakers? To remember the Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy and influence, we’ve constructed a list of the best Biggie songs remixed — all varying from tropical house to deep house and chopped and screwed dubstep.
In 2015, Matoma scored a No. 25 hit on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart when he remixed former New Edition member, Ralph Tresvant’s 2007 song “Want That Old Thing Back”. The tropical house gem includes the original song’s sampling of the rapper’s “One More Chance” and verses from Ja Rule.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back To Cali – Viceroy’s “Jet Life” Remix
Taking the acapella of the rapper’s Life After Death staple, Viceroy reimagines the breezy flight B.I.G. had to take from the East Coast to the West Coast. This remix’s tropical feel dreamily stays true to the laid back flow of the original, as the lyrics receive the most spotlight.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ten Crack Commandments – DJ House Shoes’ “Brenk Sinatra” Remix
Wanting to honor the rapper’s street anthems with a soulful vibe, DJ House Shoes released a 10 track mix-tape in 2013 titled House Shoes Presents: DREAMS – B.I.G. Re:Imagined. This particular track heeds some of the MC’s best advice in a style similar to J Dilla‘s.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya – DJ Fletch Remix
In 2015, DJ Fletch released a goliath mix-tape of 40 chopped and screwed songs from the MC. Although none of his vocals are on this particular dubstep track, the ominous sentiment of the diss can still be felt.
The Notorious B.I.G. – My Downfall – ANIKA Remix
Juxtaposing the acapella chorus of “that’s not all, MCs have the gall to pray and pray for my downfall” with chilled out vibes, DJ ANIKA transforms one of the most introspective Notorious B.I.G. songs into a bizarre deep house jaunt.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy – Prince of Ballard Remix
This DJ recreates the rapper’s Hot Rap Songs chart topper by combining elements of soul and tropical. The beat doesn’t distract from the MC’s storytelling in anyway, making it a solid remix.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Party & Bullshit – Favien Remix
Who’d ever imagine one of the most memorable Notorious B.I.G. songs remixed as a deep house track? Well here it is, sped up, warped, and very suiting for the song’s main objective.