Bob Marley said, “My music will go on forever.”
And from one music legend to another, that seems to be true for Rap icon Notorious BIG, whose song Juicy has been named the greatest hip-hop song of all time in a BBC Music poll.
The hit track which details a rags-to-riches experience based on the rapper’s own childhood features fellow music icons Kanye West and Nas.
The poll lists 25 tracks that have been recognised for propelling the rap genre and entertaining fans for a number of years. Juicy is joined by Fight The Power, Public Enemy (#2), Shook Ones (Part II), Mobb Deep (#3), The Message, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (#4) and Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang, Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg closing out the Top 5.
The site noted that over 100 critics in 15 countries were polled to compile the list. While it was acknowledged that the list featured very few female hip-hop entertainers – credence was given to the work of Queen Latifah, who featured at number 19 for U.N.I.T.Y.; Lauryn Hill at number 21 for Doo Wop (That Thing) and Rihanna who joined Kid Cudi in featuring on Kanye West’s All Of The Lights which clocked in at number 24.