Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Super Cat Tunes

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March 20, 2012

7. “Dolly My Baby (Hip Hop Remix)”

A collaboration with Super Cat offered a huge boost to credibility in ’90s hip-hop and this one, from 1993, certainly paid off for a then little known Biggie Smalls and Puff Daddy. “Dolly My Baby” was many people’s first introduction to Biggie’s revolutionary lyrical style, and also spawned one of his most famous linesโ€” “I love it when you call me Big Poppa,” later sampled in Ready to Die‘s hit by that nameโ€” while a pre-jiggy Puffy raps in a cartoonish style cribbed from Onyx. Without Super Cat’s classic original and his larger-than-life presence, things probably would have moved a little slower for that dynamic duoโ€”and for that we named this one No. 1 on our Toppa Top 10 list of best rapper/deejay collaborations. Watch the video here. โ€”Jesse Serwer