“Big Poppa” is a song by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls or simply Biggie. The song was released on December 24 1994 as the second single from his debut studio album, “Ready to Die.” The album, released earlier the same year, marked Biggie’s debut as a solo artist and is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. “Big Poppa” was a critical and commercial success, receiving widespread acclaim and achieving significant chart success. The song reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart.
“Big Poppa” is a smooth and laid-back hip-hop track with a mellow vibe. The song features a sample of the Isley Brothers’ classic song “Between the Sheets,” which provides the basis for its soulful and nostalgic sound. It showcases Biggie’s signature flow, clever wordplay, and confident persona as he raps about his success, charm, and the lavish lifestyle he enjoys. The track’s title “Big Poppa” refers to one of Biggie’s nicknames, portraying him as a larger-than-life figure and a suave ladies’ man. The song’s lyrics depict him as a smooth-talking ladies’ man, while also addressing his rise to fame and fortune.
The music video for “Big Poppa” showcased Biggie’s charisma and charm, as he enjoyed a lavish party surrounded by beautiful women and friends. The video’s stylish and cinematic approach further enhanced the song’s appeal. Mary J. Blige, Craig Mack, Busta Rhymes and Treach of Naughty by Nature make cameo appearances. The release of “Big Poppa” and the album “Ready to Die” propelled The Notorious B.I.G. to mainstream success and established him as one of the leading figures in East Coast hip-hop during the 1990s. He became a prominent figure in the hip-hop community and a highly influential artist in the genre.
Unfortunately, The Notorious B.I.G.’s life was tragically cut short when he was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997 at the age of 24. Despite his untimely death, Biggie’s impact on hip-hop and popular culture remains profound, and his music continues to be celebrated and revered by fans and artists alike. “Big Poppa” remains one of his most iconic and enduring songs, showcasing his lyrical prowess and charismatic persona.