One More Chance / Stay With Me [Remix]

One More Chance / Stay With Me [Remix]

The Notorious B.I.G.

Released in the summer of 1995, this remix of “One More Chance” became Biggie’s biggest hit (until his death), tying Michael Jackson’s record for highest debut on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song samples DeBarge’s 1983 track “Stay With Me” and features Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans, on the chorus. It features on the same smooth ’80s synthesizer sound and romantic lyrical theme of Biggie’s previous hit, “Big Poppa.”

The original version of “One More Chance”—which features a completely different beat and lyrics—appeared on Biggie’s 1994 debut album Ready To Die. The remix was released eight months later under the official name “One More Chance/Stay With Me,” or as it was more commonly known, the “One More Chance (Remix).” A second remix, “One More Chance (Hip Hop Mix),” was released at the same time with and featured the same lyrics with a different chorus and beat.

The song was produced by Puff Daddy and Rashad Smith, who previously worked together on Mary J. Blige’s 1993 track “What’s The 411 (Remix),” which also features Biggie. Mary J. Blige also contributed uncredited background vocals to “One More Chance.”

After the massive crossover success of his previous single “Big Poppa,” which peaked at #9 on Billboard Hot 100, the “One More Chance (Remix)” debuted at #5 on the chart. It eventually peaked at #2, making it Biggie’s most successful song at the time. After his death, both “Hypnotize” and “Mo. Money, Mo' Problems” would hit #1.

“One More Chance (Remix)” is the last song that Biggie performed live before being gunned down in Los Angeles, at the 1997 Soul Train Awards