Big Poppa

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"Big Poppa"
Single by The Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Ready to Die
Released February 20, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded June 1, 1994
Genre East Coast hip hop, G-funk, hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 3:29
Label Bad Boy
Writer(s) Christopher Wallace, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Ronald Isley, Ernest Isley, Marvin Isley, Chris Jasper
Producer(s) Chucky Thompson, Sean Combs (co.)
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"Big Poppa"
"One More Chance"

"Big Poppa" is the Grammy-nominated and Billboard Award–winning second single from The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die. The song was his first Top 10 pop hit, and peaked at #1 on Billboard's rap chart. It features a sample of the song "Between the Sheets" written by The Isley Brothers.

"Big Poppa" was one of many songs of the era to continue to break down cultural boundaries in music,[citation needed] finding many fans among the youth market. It became a staple at parties and one of the most popular and identifiable songs of the era. It was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards. It also went on to win at the Billboard Awards. On the clean version, the second quarter of the chorus replaces the line "To the honeys gettin' money, playin' niggas like dummies" with "To the honeys gettin' money playin' fellas like dummies."

The single was certified Platinum on May 23, 1995.[1]

There is an official remix released in 1995 featuring Jermaine Dupri, called "Big Poppa (So So Def Remix)", which has similar lyrics (Dupri replacing Puff Daddy) except Biggie has a new 3rd verse. This remix appeared as a single.

Background and content[edit]

The title is based on one of The Notorious B.I.G.'s many nicknames. The line "I love when you call me Big Poppa" is sampled from his verse from the Super Cat song "Dolly My Baby," released in 1993. The song makes a reference to original Bad Boy artist Craig Mack ("now check it, I got more Mack than Craig in the bed...").


The song was used in the 2001 film Hardball multiple times and used in the 2009 biographical movie Notorious. The song was mentioned in 2008 film, Madea Goes To Jail, as well as being used for the party scene in 2007's Superbad.

The song was used by The LOX's "We'll Always Love Big Poppa" as a tribute to B.I.G., who was killed in 1997 as the closing track from Money, Power & Respect.

Omarion sampled the lyrics in his song "Let's Talk". The song was released in Maybach Music Group album, Self Made Vol. 2. (2012)

A Spanish version of the chorus was used in a Taco Bell commercial called "Grande Papi" (2013).

Big Poppa tracklist[edit]

12 inch[edit]

  • A1 "Big Poppa" (Club Mix) (4:13)
  • A2 "Warning" (Club Mix) (3:41)
  • A3 "Big Poppa" (Instrumental) (4:13)
  • B1 "Big Poppa" (Radio Edit) (4:12)
  • B2 "Warning" (Radio Edit) (2:57)
  • B3 "Warning" (Instrumental) (3:41)
  • B4 "Who Shot Ya?"

Maxi single[edit]

  1. "Big Poppa" (radio edit)
  2. "Big Poppa" (remix radio edit)
  3. "Who Shot Ya?" (radio edit)
  4. "Big Poppa" (remix instrumental)
  5. "Big Poppa" (club mix)
  6. "Big Poppa" (remix club mix)
  7. "Who Shot Ya?" (club mix)
  8. "Warning" (club mix)

Chart positions[edit]


Mindless Self Indulgence covered the song for their single release "Shut Me Up".


  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - February 04, 2013". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27.