🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Notorious B.I.G.

It’s not all a dream, it’s the Biggie HGATR!

Thin Lizzy get a 3.22

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
U2 2.55
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

So B.I.G. then…

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters


  • Ready To Die
  • Life After Death
  • Born Again
  • Duets: The Final Chapter

0 voters


  • Party And Bullshit
  • Juicy
  • Big Poppa
  • One More Chance
  • Hypnotize
  • Mo Money Mo Problems
  • Sky’s The Limit
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Dead Wrong
  • Nasty Girl
  • Spit Your Game
  • NYC
  • Legacy

0 voters

Never got him.

He can have a 1 not least because I consider him responsible for Puff Daddy

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Iconic delivery and a fantastic debut album. Shame he left the world before he could show us more. LIFE AFTER DEATH showed us glimpses of what was to come in the future and it looked bright. The post hommonous shit since then can fuck off, everyone riding off of his and 2pacs death with that shit need to cut it out.


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Hypnotize is so fucking good.

Also, any excuse to post this again: https://youtu.be/QWveXdj6oZU. The bit about Biggie starts at 3.20 (can’t time stamp on mobile it seems).


Gone for a 4. @Yesiamaduck basically covers it.

I like him a lot, although I rarely reach for him - am gonna put Ready To Die on now for the first time in ages.

Also far less of an aggressor in the whole pointlessness of the feud, and an even more tragic waste of life as a result.

I think 4

There’s something so accessible about the way he raps that’s immediately appealing. He could verge into hardcore rap and speak to street nuances, but wrap it up in mildly melodic verses where he lays it out to you clearly step-by-step. Juicy is the ultimate example of this. You could play that song to a 5 year old kid or a 90 year old woman who never listens to that type of music but they would immediately understand what he is rapping about why that track is great.

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3/5 from what I know, but I could know more. Will give a listen and more of a read up throughout the day

Think he played second fiddle to 2Pac while they were both still alive, but time and memory has been kinder to his work than it has 2Pac’s. I’m never going to love all that thug stuff, but he gets a 2 for being better than his West Coast rival.

This was a good and interesting, well put together Podcast series btw

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Not keen. Quite bad General MIDI sounding production / beats, mediocre flow, never connected with his voice.

Never really got the fuss other than he’s peng.

A generous 2 / 5 norm-referenced against the 1 / 5 stuff that is patently worse in the polls so far

My assessment of him being less of an aggressor than 2Pac came almost entirely from that. Agree that it was really well done, and resisted the urge to be sensationalist.

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Oh my lord.

Genuinely open to persuasion, please point me in the direction of something he’s done that is >mundane flow

5 from me. The best rapper I’ve heard, comes across so effortless



  1. Seems so effortless, an impressive list of tunes, but not one I ever reach for. Really reminds me of teenage barbecues, a simpler time
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Do you like hip-hop?

I find it really hard to imagine thinking this.