Published on 02-28-2017 08:44 PM
Released 20 years ago today, The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Hypnotize' stands unquestioned as one of the greatest hip-hop singles of all time, as well as one of the most popular, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1997.
But while the song's flow and personality is singularly Biggie, the song's beat -- co-produced by Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Ron Lawrence, and of course, Sean "Puffy" Combs -- stood on the shoulders of an earlier No. 1 hit: the classic 1979 slow-disco instrumental "Rise," written by Andy Armer and Randy "Badazz"