THE MOST OVER-RATED rapper of all time. Considered as the best of all time by idiots who can not look past the east-coast/west-coast feud and just seem to like the man because he was from Brooklyn, and conversely, fail to recognize Tupac's genius because he repped the West Coast. Tupac, the true best rapper of all time, was also from NYC, but location has nothing to do with the caliber of the music.
Biggie had a total of Two albums, one of which was total shit (Life After Death). You'd think the best of all time would have a more impressive catalog in order to deserve that title. Even if you think that Pac is not the best, there are at least 10 rappers who are far better than Big: see list below.
But let's look at the music we do have as a basis to make a judgment:
-Biggie had the misfortune of having his work sullied by one of the most untalented producers to ever walk this earth (Puffy, who makes a semi-retard like Mace look like a lyrical genius).
-Had some of the wackest, and I mean mind numbingly dumb, lyrics, to be ever laid down on wax:
-"Escargot, my car go" (seriously, he said it).
-"B-I-G, G-I-E, AKA, B.I.G. Get it? Biggie" No, I don't get it. It's not like you spelled it out or anything.

Biggie, in contrast to Pac's complex rhyme structures which includes internal rhyming, was tied down to the "I have to make the last words of my sentences rhyme at all costs", and his lyrics suffered for it.
Example:
Birthdays were the worst days
Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay. pure genius, rhyming days with thirsty.
-And many many more examples...
Not to mention that thematically, Biggie was a prototypical ganster rapper that did not stray from the de riguer themes of ganster songs (guns, hoes drugs, violence, repeat for each song). Pac's work, on the other hand, speaks of a wide range of themes (black on black violence, child abuse, police brutality, fatherlessness...in addition to the guns, hoes and violence).

"Ready to die" deserves its place as one of the best rap albums ever.
"Life After Death" bears a heavier influence of Puffy's production and suffered for it. These two albums (three, if you count the latter as a double album) does not equal Tupac's "All Eyez on Me" alone. That's as far as it goes. Let's not get carried away and call Biggie the best of all time. This appellation, despite the mediocrity and small quantity of the man's work, is what earns Biggie the real title of "MOST OVER-RATED RAPPER OF ALL TIME."

Better MCs:
Pac (exponentially better).
Nas
Jay-z
Rakim
Dr. Dre
KRS-One
Ice Cube (exponentially better).
Kool G Rap
Chuck D
and many, many others...
Notorious B.I.G. is the illiterate retard's rapper of choice. B.I.G., aka, Notorious P.I.G. when food was around.
by TheHeights August 24, 2007
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Also nicknamed Biggie Smalls and Big, The Notorious B.I.G. was one of the biggest rappers (in terms of both physical size and popularity) in the industry. Biggie Smalls was killed by a gun-toting assassin in the late 90s.
He was an East Coast Rapper, and was loved by millions. He kicked awesome, dope rhymes with incredible ease, and made several albums. His greatest hits are "Big Poppa", "Going Back To Cali", "Would You Die For Me?", and "Juicy".
The Notorious B.I.G. is The Shit!
by The Loyal Bush Legionary February 06, 2005
Rapper who challenged Tupac Shakur and took the throne atop rap music during Shakur's incarceration and after his death. Well known for his first LP, Ready To Die, and for his second and final 2 disc set, Life After Death, which sold over 11 million copies worldwide and was released after his death on March 9th, 2004. Revered by many as the greatest pure lyricist of all time.
Notorious BIG was a great rapper, too bad he was gunned down
by Rory Pornisicus December 03, 2004
The best rapper ever to spit rhymes and create an image in your head.If B.I.G. was still alive half of these New York rappers wouldn't even be going platinum!Let's face it without BIGGIE and TUPAC rap is very wack right now!
Excuse me/flows just grow through me
Like trees to branches/Cliffs to avalanches/It's the praying mantis/
Deep like the mind of Farrakhan/A motherfuckin rap phenomenon!

The best that ever did it!!!
by Prophet of Truth January 08, 2005
Hands down one of the BEST rappers to have lived. Born and rasied in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. Know for classic hip-hop albums such as "Ready to Die" and "Life after Death" A man to have "Brought the East back" during the west-coast reign over rap music. Arguably the GREATEST MC to touch the mic.
"Notorious Big is the best ever..."
by Tim Shady May 15, 2005
Christopher Wallace. East Coast rapper puttin down for the BK. No one will ever flow like this man did....ever. u cant touch this man. check out this his gun talk freestyle and tell me anyone touches that. didnt think so.
You're nobody....till somebody....kills you. Much love Notorious B.I.G. much love. Legends never die.
by DJ aka the goat September 03, 2005
The one who had the balls to end it all.

Used Crips as Security Guards.
Notorious BIG, The biggest and illest.
by AOL/AIM: Gangs September 14, 2003

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