Notorious B.I.G. is the quintessential icon for the essence of hip-hop.
His witty rhymes, quick punch lines, and ability to tell a story better than a classic Stephen King novel, launched him into a stratosphere of hip-hop royalty.
Biggie released his debut album Ready To Die on September 13, 1994 at the young age of 22. Praised for the autobiographical narratives and experiences as a young Brooklyn boy, Ready To Die is probably one of the most recited hip-hop albums of all time.
GlobalGrind decided to stack up other influential rappers against Biggie to compare their success to Biggie's success.
Everyone doesn't have a shot to make it hot, but some of these 12 rappers made their dreams happen when they were practically teenagers.
Check out the 12 rappers who made it B.I.G. in the gallery above!