Notorious B.I.G.

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2019 (The 2020 Induction Ceremony)


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2020 (ranked #215) .


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Ready To Die (1994)
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Juicy (1994)
Big Poppa (1994)
Hypnotize (1996)
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Will Notorious B.I.G. be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Nope. If they do, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a sham. Notorious B.I.G. never contributed nothing to Rock and Roll - try Rap Hall of Fame or something?

Posted by Tim on Friday, 12.15.06 @ 18:48pm


There is something like a Rock n' Roll hall of fame for rappers its called Hip Hop Honors and if the hall starts inducting rappers then The Hip Hop Honors thing is pointless.

Posted by Jason on Monday, 01.1.07 @ 10:57am


oH WELL TOO BAD the hall of hipps and hops is just going to have to be destroyed

Posted by 52627 on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 06:34am


Yes he should get in.He changed the game.Any body that knows a thing or 2 Hip Hop knows he's a lyrical genius.I wish he would have lived long enouph to grow as an artist.He was only 24 when he was killed.No telling what subject matters he would have talked about had he lived long enouph to mature.He raised the bar like Rakim did before him.If the only Hip-Hop albums you have are Eminem,The Beastie Boys and Vanilla Ice(15Million sold admit it you have a copy) then you really don't know anything about the genre.

Posted by Leon on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 19:52pm


To anyone that don't want any Hip-Hop in the Hall Of Fame I think. I know why.When people hear Rock and Roll they think its something White guys invented.I remember growing up getting clowned by my friends because I listened to Rock or what they would call white boy music.If I knew then what I know now,I would have told them that artist like Little Richard'Bo Diddly,Chuck Berry,Ike Turner(Before he lost his mind)Jimmy Hendrix and The Isley Brothers(yes they did Rock and still Rock)not only did Rock but invented it.They were Rock and Roll.Over the years we(Black People)lost interest in it!Artist like Elvis(The King?)and Pat Boone were the flavor of the day.Hip-Hop is the only genre of music that white people don't dominate.Hip-Hop is from the ghetto you have to be in the urban areas to really get it.I think if there were more White Hip-Hop artist there wouldn't be a problem with it.I think its a Race thing and a Class issue.If there was a Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame I wouldn't have a problem letting Rock artist in.Rock artist do influence Hip-Hop.Some even defend it.Case and point David Bowie(
They really get it over seas) asking an MTV VJ about the lack of Black Artist on that network.Good music is good music those of you that are closed minded about things Its your lost

Posted by Leon on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 22:11pm


To anyone that don't want any Hip-Hop in the Hall Of Fame I think. I know why.When people hear Rock and Roll they think its something White guys invented.I remember growing up getting clowned by my friends because I listened to Rock or what they would call white boy music.If I knew then what I know now,I would have told them that artist like Little Richard'Bo Diddly,Chuck Berry,Ike Turner(Before he lost his mind)Jimmy Hendrix and The Isley Brothers(yes they did Rock and still Rock)not only did Rock but invented it.They were Rock and Roll.Over the years we(Black People)lost interest in it!Artist like Elvis(The King?)and Pat Boone were the flavor of the day.Hip-Hop is the only genre of music that white people don't dominate.Hip-Hop is from the ghetto you have to be in the urban areas to really get it.I think if there were more White Hip-Hop artist there wouldn't be a problem with it.I think its a Race thing and a Class issue.If there was a Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame I wouldn't have a problem letting Rock artist in.Rock artist do influence Hip-Hop.Some even defend it.Case and point David Bowie(
They really get it over seas) asking an MTV VJ about the lack of Black Artist on that network.Good music is good music those of you that are closed minded about things Its your lost

Posted by Leon on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 22:13pm


Leon...if someone asks me what kind of music I like I respond with one word..."good". It doesn't matter what genre it is or what artist(s) performed it, as long as it's "good". I brought up artists like Kurtis Blow, Gil Scott-Heron, and Grandmaster Flash in rap because of ORIGINALITY!! In most genres of popular music nowadays, that seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. It doesn't have anything to do with race or class, but has everything to do with going into a recording studio and coming up with something that's truly ORIGINAL! There doesn't seem to be a lot of that going on lately.

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 22:54pm


I really don't think anyone "invented" Rock & Roll...it just kinda happened!!! Calling one of the true originals (if not THE true original) of Rock, the one who kicked down the barriers (whether he meant to or not), took all the heat, and enabled people like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Little Richard to get mainstream airplay "flavor of the day" is absolutely ridiculous!

I guess back then rock didn't have race, class, or a bunch of social statements or anger. The music was the one common binding factor in young America.

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 23:13pm


Hey Gitarzan before they called it Rock and Roll it was called Race Music.People were afraid of it.Like they are of Hip-Hop.They couldn't even appear on their album covers.Little Richard had to ware make up to play in certan clubs.Before that it was Jazz musicians catching heat.I read some of these comments and its obvious some things didn't change.I find it odd when a White person claim to love Hip-Hop but only listen to the Beastie Boys and Eminem.As for who invented Rock and Roll Little Richard can debate you on that.I agree with you about originality there is none.With all the technical advancements made the last 25 years I'd think some one would take advantage.Or may be that's the problem. All the technical advances don't make up for the lack of talent.

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 01:31am


I hope you all are ready for the new Biggie Smalls bio-pic that's being released in '09. Directed by George Tillman Jr. "Notorious"

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 13:47pm


Leon...When Little Richard was interviewed for "The History Of Rock & Roll", he brought up some very good points...one of which was when Pat Boone recorded Tutti Frutti, it made young people in the 50's wonder what the original (and better) version of it sounded like. Instances like this really helped launch artists like him into the mainstream...radio really had no choice but to play it.

The biggest difference between Pat Boone and Elvis was they tried to put a "coat and tie" on those great songs (I guess so they wouldn't sound so "dangerous') when Boone recorded them. Elvis tried to remain true to the songs by giving them his own harder edge. When he did old country classics like "Blue Moon of Kentucky" his way, the Grand Ole Opry FREAKED OUT...lol!!!!

In that same series, Ruth Brown noted; "Elvis did it good, and he did it right."

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 18:40pm


Hey Gitarzan and Its obvious we are on the same page.I had no idea how many artist not in the hall.I don't care what color the artist is,if you make good music I'm buying it.Why isn't Ruth Brown in the hall?

Posted by Leon on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 23:34pm


Ms. Brown IS in the Hall. With the Lead Pipe. Or was it the Library with the Candlestick? (What's so wonderful about that stupid joke is that her last name IS a color, just like the characters!) But seriously, ladies and germs, Ruth was inducted... in '92 or '93, I believe.

As for people who don't want hip-hop in the Hall, I think you're way off. People who don't want hip-hop in the hall do so because 1) they're purists who want us to remember it's called the ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame, and don't think musicians of other styles, unless they're early influences, to be inducted and 2) they certainly don't want hip-hoppers inducted before their personal laundry list of artists that they need to be inducted NOW actually get inducted (ELO, ELP, KISS, Rush, etc.)

I myself don't have a problem with hip-hoppers getting into the Hall as long as their contributions are actually germane to rock'n'roll. That definitely includes Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys, but does that apply to Biggie Smalls or Jay-Z? It's debatable.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.6.08 @ 00:38am


I believe we are Leon...we love the music and we along with a lot of other people on this site are willing to at least give all genres (or sub-genres...Dameon's favorite word) a chance.

I was surprised to see that Gil Scott-Heron wasn't even listed among the artists on this site. If they can induct Leonard Cohen, they can at least consider him. He was one of the great poets, along with spoken word performance and a very good singer in his own right. Haven't heard from him lately, but it's worth anyone's time to at least listen to a combination of his stuff.

It makes me wonder how many hip-hop/rap artists are familiar with him, since he was a very big influence!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.6.08 @ 09:12am


Hey Gitarzan I think Gil Scott is a genius.Very under rated.Biggie and Jay-Z have a large following especialy Jay.May be five years from now ill feel different.If there was an official Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame that would be so cool.VH1 is doing an OK job,but they can do much better. Here's my idea for a Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame
1.Nominees(Recording Artist) are eligible 25 years after there first release(Mixed CD's don't count)
2.6 Nominees(The 4 with the most votes get in)
3.DJ's,B Boys,Graf Writers'Producers and Music Exectutives are judged on influence
4.The nomination Committee will comprise of 200 to 300 journalist that covered Hip-Hop
5.An official Museam located in the Bronx the birthplace.I would not have a problem letting a nonrap artist in.Good music is good music .

Posted by Leon on Saturday, 09.6.08 @ 21:53pm


These days any thing is posible. The Notorious B.I.G. Is known to be legend, his music is being played as if he'd never died. He is also known to be one of the Greatest or the Greatest MC's. HipHop has bin crossing over to pop for a long time including rock. think run dmc. Like i said any thing is posible.

Posted by Brooklyn on Tuesday, 09.9.08 @ 23:46pm


Notorious P.I.G.

Posted by Bluntman on Monday, 07.6.09 @ 16:17pm


No way he could be inducted into this. He's dead.

Posted by Brett on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 15:58pm


Please someone tell me brett is joking.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 10.23.10 @ 13:05pm


Anyway, the hall has never been purely rock. Rap belongs in here just as much as all the soul artists that got in do.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 06.22.11 @ 16:51pm


Out of all the 90s rappers who should be inducted into the Hall, The Notorious B.I.G. is one of them because his gritty realism won him both respect and credibility.

Many rap artists have called him the greatest rapper of all time and while in my mind, he isn't, I can't deny his voice and the way he raps. His music is way better then a lot of the hack rappers we have today.

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 12.1.13 @ 22:54pm


Out of all the 90s rappers who should be inducted into the Hall, The Notorious B.I.G. is one of them because his gritty realism won him both respect and credibility.

Many rap artists have called him the greatest rapper of all time and while in my mind, he isn't, I can't deny his voice and the way he raps. His music is way better then a lot of the hack rappers we have today.

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 12.1.13 @ 22:54pm


Just another gangsta rapper like N.W.A. Nothing special at all... At least Pac and Big L had socially conscious songs... Biggie had no redeeming value at all... Not hall of fame worthy.

Posted by Michael on Sunday, 05.11.14 @ 21:22pm


Listen to "Keep Ya Head Up" by Tupac, and "Big Poppa" by Biggie. They sound very similar

Posted by Karl Singleton on Thursday, 06.5.14 @ 10:51am


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