Ed. note: This article was originally published in 2015.

It's been 18 years since The Notorious B.I.G. was tragically taken from us, and hip-hop has missed him every single day since. If there's ever been someone who was born to rap, it was Christopher Wallace. No man since has sounded more at home on the mic than Biggie Smalls. It's almost futile trying to list out all of his individual attributes, but when listening back, it's his stories that continue to blow us away. 

With his narrative-driven flow, and his ability to play multiple characters within a single song, a Big record is like a movie you can't take your eyes off. Big delivers the suspense, the laughs, the love, and sometimes, the nearly unlistenable darkness. On the 18th anniversary of Biggie's passing, we've taken the time to select five of our favorite stories from rap's master storyteller. All of these stories come off his two records, Ready to Die and Life After Death, so today's as good a day as any to go back and give those a spin. 

Are there any other B.I.G. narratives you would've included in the list? Let us know in the comments.