Styles P is throwing his weight behind The Notorious B.I.G. in the never ending Hip-Hop Goat debate.
While we have written arguments for why Nas and Drake can be considered the greatest rappers of all time. Veteran New York rapper, Styles P believes the Late Notorious B.I.G. has the best argument for the title. The LOX rapper explains that Biggie’s dexterity as an artist is why he ranks above the rest.
“What makes him the greatest [is] he was really great in all aspects of rhyming,” said Styles on Creators Club. “Most people are good in two categories, maybe three if you’re pushing it. Big was really, really nice in all categories.”
Styles also spoke about Biggie as a person, describing him as a “charismatic individual.”
“But what really topped it off was he was a charismatic individual, but he was very f*cking classy and G at the same time,” he explained. “So he ain’t just treat me, Kiss, and Louch good. He treated all of our homeboys good.”
“He would treat my man how he would treat me. He would give me that same drink, that same weed, that same thing, and I think that’s what set him apart for me,” Styles continued. “I think he embodied something that most people don’t, and he was a student of the game. He loved rhyming, so when he heard us rhyme, and you know, at those times when somebody asked you to rhyme, you rhymed.”
“I think we embody the same thing he embodied. I think it just made him have a natural kind of clinging to us, and vice versa,” he concluded.
Prior to his unfortunate March 1997 murder, The Notorious B.I.G. collaborated with The Lox on his Life After Death track “Last Day.”
Still on the subject of The Notorious B.I.G., the Brooklyn legend was recently immortalized in his hometown with a 9-foot-tall statute that captures his essence. Installed at the northeast corner of Prospect Street and Washington Street, the stainless steel sculpture features Biggie’s famous Coogie sweater, a neon heart that says “spread love” — and an audio system playing some of his popular tracks.