David Browne
April 04, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Hypnotize (Music single - Notorious B.I.G.)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Notorious B.I.G.
Producers
Bad Boy
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap, Singles

We gave it a B+

Another posthumous rap single, another batch of chillingly ironic rhymes: The late Biggie disses the braggadocio of gangsta rappers (”gonna blast three first/ask questions last”) and adds, ”I just speak my peace/Keep my peace.” Compounding the ironies, the creamy backup vocals and the spectral, pared-down beats (as tubby as Smalls’ own charmingly pudgy voice) make for one of his most compelling singles. B+

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