The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time
Notorious B.I.G., 'Hypnotize'
Life After Death, 1997
"Hypnotize" was Biggie's greatest pop moment, topping the charts weeks after his murder in March 1997. Delivered over Puff Daddy's Herb Alpert-sampling candy-corn beat, it showed his knack for leavening gangsta sex and violence with punch lines even a toddler could cuddle up to: "Poppa been smooth since days of Underoos," he quipped. No one's been smoother since.
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