Quick Hit with Jax Rainey

“Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G.


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Christopher George Latore Wallace, professionally known as The Notorious B.I.G., released the song “Hypnotize” as part of the album “Ready to Die.” The album includes features from Sean “Puffy” Combs, Easy Mo Bee, and Lord Finesse.

Jax Rainey, Staff Writer

Whether we want to admit it or not, the fast-paced lifestyle of a hot-shot rapper does come with some appeal. The song “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. captures all the perks of being a famous music artist back in the early to late ‘90s.

“Hypnotize” is a song that genuinely puts you in a trance. The funky drum beat along with the mesmerizing vocals from Pamela Long can make anyone want to dance along.

Christopher George Latore Wallace, more commonly known as The Notorious B.I.G., was an American rapper rooted in East Coast hip-hop. Widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, Wallace stood out because of his laid-back lyrical delivery and the grim content of his songs. 

Shortly into his music career, Wallace signed onto the label Bad Boy Records, which launched in 1993. Wallace gained exposure through features on several singles that year, and in 1994 he released his debut album “Ready to Die,” which made him a central figure in East Coast hip-hop.

From the second you start listening to “Hypnotize,” you are thrown into the world of New York’s finest at the peak of their power. The song shows no hesitation in immersing you into a menacing groove designed to illustrate the lyrical talent that Wallace held. 

“Hypnotize” featured on Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 debut album “Ready to Die,” released shortly before Wallace was shot to death on March 9, 1997. The song quickly reached the number 1 spot on Billboard Top 100 only a few weeks after his death as the album no longer became mourning of his death, but a celebration of the truly notorious rapper’s life.

The Notorious B.I.G. was, and will continue to be one of the most infamous rappers of the ‘90s, and his music still impacts millions to this day. If you’re bored, or just want new music to dance to, don’t hesitate to give “Hypnotize” a listen.