Ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday this Saturday, 21st May, Notorious B.I.G.'s estate has posthumously released a single called 'G.O.A.T.'.
It's the late rap legend's first new song in almost two decades, and features Ty Dolla $ign as well as Nigerian singer Bella Alubo, as well as an Afrobeats-influenced beat by producer Kayomusiq. Biggie's verses on the track have been lifted from his 1997 track 'I Love The Dough', which originally appeared on the album 'Life After Death'. The track's release comes just over a year on from WME's Legends group singing a deal to take over the management of Biggie's estate.
In a statement about the collaboration, Ty Dolla $ign said: "Being on a song with Biggie has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. The song title is fitting of him... the G.O.A.T.. Happy Birthday, Big. We miss you."
Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, added: "It's wonderful to witness my son's music reimagined for his fans and today's generation of young men and women to embrace his art. I appreciate the hard work of all involved in bringing together the perfect blend of voices and music to this song."
You can listen to the new single below.
Its release comes ahead of the arrival next month of an eight-LP box set marking the 25th anniversary of the late rapper's classic album 'Life After Death'.