Personnel: The Notorious B.I.G. (rap vocals); Jagged Edge, Krayzie Bone, R. Kelly, Ralph Tresvant, Avery Storm (vocals); Eminem, Fabolous, Ja Rule, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil' Kim, Nate Dogg, Nelly, Diddy, Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Busta Rhymes (rap vocals); J-Dub (strings); Tim McKasty (keyboards); Mario "Yellow Man" Winans, Poke (programming); Jack Knight (background vocals); Faith Evans, Total (vocals); Carlos Broady (harpsichord); Pam Long (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Sean Combs ; Diddy; Clark Kent; Ed Raso; Dave Aron; Eddie Sancho ; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Kenny Ortz ; Lane Craven; Mario Alberto Rodriguez; Michael Patterson ; Richard Travali; Axel Niehaus; Tony Maserati ; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Caribbean Sound Basin, Trinidad; Chung King Recording Studios, New York, NY; Crack House Studios, New York, NY; D&D Recording Studio, NY; Daddy's House Recording Studios, New York, NY; Dopple Studios, Atlanta, GA; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Quad Recording Studios, New York, NY; Sound On Sound Recordings, Inc., NY; Tha Country, Diamond Bar, CA; the Hit Factory, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Editor: Richard "Younglord" Frierson.
Photographers: Butch BelAir; Jonathan Mannion.
Considered by some to be the greatest MC of all time, the late Christopher Wallace had recorded just two solo LPs at the time of his death. Still, his mark on the genre has been indelible and his influence unending. Released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his still-unsolved murder, GREATEST HITS mostly makes good on what its title promises.
Included in the 17-song tracklist are all the boom-box bangers that dominated the airwaves, MTV, and BET, and moved serious industry weight. From the infectious bounce of "Juicy" and the smoothed-out funk of "Big Poppa" to the fearsome gunplay of "Warning" and powerful lyrical precision of "Ten Crack Commandments," Big's talents and legacy are well-represented. Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Ja Rule, Nate Dogg, and Ralph Tresvant are among the artists who take part in the posthumous studio collaborations rounding out GREATEST HITS.