2) Big Poppa
Based on one of The Notorious B.I.G.’s many nicknames, “Big Poppa” is the Grammy nominated and Billboard Award–winning second single from The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die. The song was his first Top 10 pop hit, and peaked at #1 on Billboard’s rap chart. It features a sample of the song “Between the Sheets” which was written by The Isley Brothers.
“Big Poppa” was one of many songs of the era to continue to break down cultural boundaries in music finding many fans outside of the urban rap market. It became a staple at parties and one of the most popular and identifiable songs of the era. It was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards and went on to win the award for Best Rap single at the Billboard Awards.