“Hypnotize” is a song by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls or simply Biggie, eaturing vocals by Pamela Long, the member of American R&B girl group Total. It was released on March 4, 1997 as the lead single from his second and final studio album, “Life After Death.” It became a critical and commercial success, earning widespread acclaim for its lyrical prowess and diverse musical styles. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Biggie’s first number-one single in the United States. The song also reached the top ten in various other countries, further solidifying Biggie’s status as a superstar in the hip-hop community. It was the fifth song by a credited artist to hit number one posthumously, and the first since “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon in 1980. The Notorious B.I.G. is considered one of the greatest and most influential rappers in the history of hip-hop.
“Hypnotize” is an energetic and catchy hip-hop track with a groovy beat and infectious chorus. The song’s lyrics showcase Biggie’s signature flow and wordplay, boasting about his success, wealth, and lavish lifestyle. It also samples the 1983 song “Rise” by Herb Alpert.
The music video for “Hypnotize” features The Notorious B.I.G. in various luxurious settings, including a yacht party and a helicopter ride, portraying his lavish lifestyle. The video’s visuals complement the song’s lyrics, highlighting the opulence and success that Biggie raps about in the track.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy in hip-hop continues to thrive, and he is often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time. His unique storytelling ability, charismatic presence, and distinctive flow have left an indelible mark on the genre. “Hypnotize” remains one of The Notorious B.I.G.’s most celebrated and iconic songs. Its memorable chorus and energetic delivery have made it a classic and enduring track in the world of hip-hop, solidifying Biggie’s status as a legendary figure in the history of rap music.