Song Author: Christopher Wallace, Sean Combs, Ron Lawrence, Andy Armer, Randy Badazz Alpert, Derric Angelettie

Year Recorded: 1997



Single by The Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Life After Death and Notorious (soundtrack)
Released December 13, 1996
Format CD single, CD maxi-single, cassette single, 7″ single, 12-inch single
Recorded 1996 at
Caribbean Sound Basin (Trinidad)
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:59 (CD single)
3:49 (album)
Writer(s) Christopher Wallace, Sean Combs, Ron Lawrence, Andy Armer, Randy Badazz Alpert, Derric Angelettie
Producer Sean “Puffy” Combs
D-Dot and Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence for The Hitmen
Certification Platinum (RIAA)

“Hypnotize” is the Grammy-nominated hip-hop song recorded by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. It was released as the first single from his album Life After Death in December 13, 1996. It was the fifth song to hit #1 posthumously for a credited artist.

The song was already a hit on U.S. radio stations before its release. Once a single was issued, “Hypnotize” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number two, right behind labelmate and co-writer/co-producer Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (“Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”).

When “Hypnotize” hit number one two weeks later, it made The Notorious B.I.G. the fifth artist in Hot 100 history to have a posthumous chart-topper (see List of Hot 100 (U.S.) chart achievements and trivia).

It also gave back-to-back number-one hits to Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Records label. It was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards. The single reached #10 in the UK, making this his first top 10 hit in that country.

The rhythm track of “Hypnotize” is the rhythm track of “Rise”, a Herb Alpert instrumental, written by Andy Armer and Randy Badazz Alpert, that was a number-one hit in the U.S. in 1979. The chorus of “Hypnotize”, sung by Total, contains an interpolation of “La Di Da Di” by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.[1]

The song features many pop culture references to television and film including Star Wars, Roots, Starsky and Hutch, King of New York, Richie Rich and the pop hit “Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals. Other references include popular fashion lines Versace, DKNY, Moschino and Coogi.