The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”: Still Hypnotic 15 Years After His Death

Mar 9th, 2012 // 2 Comments

Today marks the 15-year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely death, and a decade and a half later his music continues to hypnotize. (Even Britney Spears referenced him on last year’s “Drop Dead Beautiful.”) On March 9, 1997, at age 24, Biggie (real name: Christopher George Latore Wallace) was gunned down in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting, his killer never apprehended. But the Grammy-nominated “Hypnotize” surged in popularity and hit #1 on the charts, as did his appropriately-titled posthumous album Life After Death. Recall one of the greatest hip hop singles of all time by watching the action-packed video (featuring helicopters, mermaids, and a car chase) below.

The Notorious B.I.G. — “Hypnotize”

“Hypnotize” posthumously became The Notorious B.I.G.’s first #1 hit, staying at the peak position for three weeks. In addition to that iconic track, Biggie gave us “Mo Money Mo Problems,” “Going Back To Cali,” “Big Poppa,” and his feature on Puff Daddy’s “Been Around The World.”

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  1. BIGGIE is the Greatest rapper ever! Man I loved his poetry and rhymes, they were groundbreaking and just…CLEVER! Because of him, I now love (the positive, non vulgar part of) rap. His music and his ability to rhyme was unsurpassed and he was a true trailblazer. Just way ahead of his time. RIP to the Greatest Rapper to ever hit the mic!

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    Imagine a great legacy for this person and his family if all future proceeds of this work goes to his family—now that’s love for him and his future loved ones…..May his spirit rest peacefully…He will always be remembered…

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