I apologize in advance if this goes off on a ramble. I'm literally shooting this one from the hip.
But, Biggie has classic after classic. There's no denying that. From "Warning" to "One More Chance" to "Sky's The Limit," it seemed that nothing Biggie touched went unflamed. So, it may come as a surprise to some of you that my favorite Biggie track is one that's not some DITC classic. Instead, my favorite Biggie track is his collaboration with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Notorious Thugs," from Life After Death.
— Speed on the Beat (@SpeedontheBeat) March 9, 2017
For starters, we usually didn't hear Biggie bust out a double-time flow. When Pac and Eazy got on a track with BTNH, they opted to keep their own flows and the sounds meshed, but didn't mesh as well in my opinion. Hearing Pac on "Thug Luv" was great, but he felt out-of-place at some points on the beat. That's no slight to Pac, because I love the song. But, Biggie came in and said "fuck that, lemme spit fast right along with y'all." And, it was a great verse. It combined elements of the entire album of Life After Death (drug deals, fake friends, fake women, getting your hustle on, rising above the rest, etc.) and laid it out in a verse that was, to me, one of Big's best. No, it wasn't his most lyrical. It wasn't his most-scorching verse. However, it was one of the tracks that showed his versatility and ability to straight-up do whatever he wanted, when he wanted.