Today is The Notorious B.I.G.‘s birthday. He would have been 42 today. To celebrate, we were going to do a list of his 10 best collaborative songs. But “best” is such a subjective term, especially in a musical genre that’s as protective and opinionated as hip hop. So, instead we challenged ourselves to answer a slightly different question: If we could only listen to 10 Biggie Collaborations for the rest of our lives, what 10 would they be?
The debate got heated with far too much cursing flying back-and-forth between normally civil coworkers, but that’s Biggie’s legacy, even 17 years after his death. Christopher Wallace’s music still evokes just as emotion now as it did back in the day.
Click through the gallery above to see our picks, listen to a mix of the cuts below (follow it on Spotify), then let us know what you’d add or subtract to your list of Biggie collaborations. Happy birthday, Big Poppa.