2. Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie Smalls, The Notorious, Big Poppa, or Christopher Wallace had a persona like no other and an unmistakable flow. When you hear Biggie’s voice on a track, you know your ears are in for a treat. His thick, relaxed style paired with his deep, commanding voice gripped tracks and took total control. He used his unique voice to tell tales of struggle and violence juxtaposed on the same album with celebrations of wealth, weed and women.
Big made the bad sound awful and the good sound life-changing. He had such conviction in his voice and his messages that there was never any doubt about what he was saying. Had his life not been tragically cut short in 1997 at the age of 24, we would no doubt have gotten a better glimpse into the life of a legend, but during his short life Smalls gave us unmatched verses and tracks that live on to this day.