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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway and Bridget Bland

In the words of the late, great Notorious B.I.G. on "Gimme The Loot": "It's so haaarrrrrd!" How in the world can you pick a favorite verse by Big?

Biggie executed his verbal strikes so well that every fan has a verse or a line that they hold close to their hearts — whether he was endearing you with his humor on "Dreams," bragging about his own brand of sexual healing on the original "One More Chance" or using the art of music to make the art of war sound beautiful on "Who Shot Ya."

It's been eight years since Biggie's untimely departure and his music still reigns supreme. Just ask all the rappers — like 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Fat Joe — who pay homage by using his lines in their verses.

On the anniversary of his death, with the Bed-Stuy bandit's words still ringing in the clubs and in our hearts, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to see which ones resonate the strongest. We asked a litany of celebs — from Jay-Z to Denzel Washington — not only what they thought about Biggie as an MC, but we asked them to give us their favorite verses.

Sit back, we got some stories to tell ...





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