Throughout his career, The Notorious B.I.G. collaborated with a bunch of influential artists like 2Pac, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony just to name a few.

Big’s untimely death cheated rap fans who never got the chance to see the Notorious One’s career progress. The new millennium ushered in a ton of new rap talent that’ll unfortunately never get the chance to be blessed with a Biggie verse (posthumous collabs don’t count). So, on the 14th anniversary of Big's death takes a look at 14 artists from the last decade that we would have liked to see B.I.G. share the mic with. — Ralph Bristout and Kai Acevedo


Hailing from the same home turf that's brought you Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z, and the late great B.I.G., Fabolous has blessed the game since his infamous freestyle session with N.O.R.E backed by DJ Clue. A trademarked wordsmith with signature charisma and wit, Fab has garnered much praise, cementing his position as one of New York's heavyweight MCs. Of the many qualities Fab possesses it is his wit that seems most notable— much like Frank White. Didn't matter if it was an R&B song with Total or a track with Junior M.A.F.I.A. the wordplay remained witty.


Hailing from the borough that keeps it thorough, Brooklyn, Maino has made an impact since his debut, If Tomorrow Comes… No matter the track, Maino always puts it down for BK. Sure, there was his fling with Lil Kim and subsequent beef with Lil Cease; but we can’t shake the feeling that if Big had still been alive the affair and beef would have never occurred and it would’ve been all love. After all isn’t that the Brooklyn way?


Although we were able to hear how the two would sound together on the epic posthumous track, "Victory 2004" B.I.G. and Banks would be another interesting collabo. After his impeccable performance on the latter track, Mr. PLK left quite the impression with his impacting bars.

Possessing a hunger in his hard-hitting delivery, the G-Unit rhyme slinger seems to always excel in executing his signature array of gut wrenching punchlines. Alongside B.I.G., the two could dish up a slew of quotable bars.


Khaled will go down in history for his ability to assemble eccentric posse cuts. You got to figure the Terror Squad/Cash Money was influenced by Crack Mack’s stellar “Flava In Ya Ear Remix,” which featured a scene-stealing verse from B.I.G. This one seems like a no-brainer.


Those who knew Big always talk about his charisma and light-heartedness. By many accounts, Biggie was the life of the party. During the last decade producer Swizz Beatz has employed his charismatic presence on tracks and kinetic production; creating some of hip-hop’s most celebrated club joints. A feature on production or the mic alongside B.I.G. would be almost inevitable.


Ready to Die was B.I.G. on the come up while Life After Death gave birth to Frank White, the mafioso mob boss that went from ashy to flashy.

Since their debut back in '02, the Thornton Boys' pen game has been on point. Malice, the insightful, mature older brother and Pusha T, the brash, cocksure lyrical tyrant would’ve been a nice compliment alongside Biggie. Famously known for their coke content, it would be amazing to see them step on a track with B.I.G. (i.e. "Ten Crack Commandments").


Aside from the frame, what seems to be an addiction to shades/sunglasses, and the Diddy cosign, Rick Ross has something in common with Big. Rozay has an undeniable knack for bridging his raw and gritty lyrics with tales of a luxurious lifestyle. With excess being Ross’s character, he and Big could definitely fashion a hypnotizing collabo.


It was no secret that Biggie had flows for days (see "Notorious Thugs" with Bone Thugs N Harmony). And whether alongside Jay-Z, Common or Eminem, T.I. has always managed to prove just why he’s the undisputed King of the South. With D-Boy classics like “Rubber Band Man,” club anthems like “24s” and radio hits like “Whatever You Like” T.I. has proven to possess a versatility reminiscent of Biggie himself. Man, they got so many styles they could be a group.


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Since his 2000 major-label debut Back for the First Time Luda has displayed an uncanny sense of humor. With cleverly comedic wordplay, outrageous skits, and absurdly entertaining subject matter it’s easy to imagine the Mouth of the South and Brooklyn’s Finest trading punch lines, especially when Biggie had gems like “I get more butt than ashtrays.”


Records like Young Jeezy’s “Soul Survivor” and DJ Khaled’s “We Taking Over” show Akon’s affinity for the hood, while high-powered hits like Gwen Stephanie’s “Sweet Escape” and Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” show just how wide Akon’s reach really is. in his day, Biggie rapped alongside the likes of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too $hort, 112, Mary J. Blige, and Jay-Z to name a few. And after hearing just how natural DJ Green’s remix of “Ghetto,” which featured verses from both Biggie and 2Pac sounded we’re convinced the Konvict and Frank White would conjure up a collab of epic proportions. Besides, how could two guys who worked with the King of Pop not make magic together?


For what Mr. 17.5 may lack in lyrical prowess, he more than makes up for in style. He manages to exude swag throughout each and every endeavor, whether it’s appearing on pop singles like Rihanna’s “Hard,” partnering with Belvedere Vodka, being featured in an Adidas add, or proclaiming that his president is Black alongside Nas. From his influential debut (TM 101) to his many business ventures, Young Jeezy has carved out a space in the game that can never be filled and has a swag that can't be touched. Big, who famously claimed to stay Coogi-ed down to the socks was a notoriously smooth operator. He also rocked out on pop singles and endorsed commercial products (St. Ides) without ever diluting his gangsta! Real recognize real and in many aspects Jeezy and Biggie bear a resemblance.

Hustle hard!


Joell Ortiz is not your typical MC. Repping the borough of BK, the Slaughterhouse soldier has showcased his ghinzu like lyricism on some, if not, many of your favorite rappers' tracks. Looking at his track record the boy possesses a grimey flow reminiscent to that of a projects hallway elevator floor and energizer bars that just keep coming. Biggie was also hood and hip-hop at the same time. It's all about that balance.


The multitalented Drake is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor, but one of his best qualities is his ability to paint a picture with words. Whether he’s talking about the pop star he’s infatuated with detailing how empty success has left him, or just how great he is Drizzy simply knows how to get his point across. He has an incredible gift for not just telling the listener what’s happening, but more potently showing the listener what’s happening.

Though Big mostly used his incredible descriptive skills for vividly portraying the drug game and all it encompasses, he has shown much conviction (see “Everyday Struggle” and “Miss U”). We would love to see exactly what stories October’s Very Own and Mr. Wallace would think up.