Today marks the 15-year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely death, and a decade and a half later his music continues to hypnotize. (Even Britney Spears referenced him on last year’s “Drop Dead Beautiful.”) On March 9, 1997, at age 24, Biggie (real name: Christopher George Latore Wallace) was gunned down in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting, his killer never apprehended. But the Grammy-nominated “Hypnotize” surged in popularity and hit #1 on the charts, as did his appropriately-titled posthumous album Life After Death. Recall one of the greatest hip hop singles of all time by watching the action-packed video (featuring helicopters, mermaids, and a car chase) below.
The Notorious B.I.G. — “Hypnotize”
“Hypnotize” posthumously became The Notorious B.I.G.’s first #1 hit, staying at the peak position for three weeks. In addition to that iconic track, Biggie gave us “Mo Money Mo Problems,” “Going Back To Cali,” “Big Poppa,” and his feature on Puff Daddy’s “Been Around The World.”