One More Chance (The Notorious B.I.G. song)

One More Chance (The Notorious B.I.G. song)
"One More Chance / Stay with Me (Remix)"
Single by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige
Released May 9, 1995
Format 12" single
CD single
Cassette single
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:43
Label Bad Boy
Writer(s) The Notorious B.I.G.
Producer Sean "Puffy" Combs & Rashad Smith
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Big Poppa"
"One More Chance / Stay with Me Remix"
"Can't You See?"
(Total featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
"One More Chance"
Song by The Notorious B.I.G.
Released 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 4:43
Label Bad Boy/Universal
Writer Christopher Wallace
Producer Bluez Brothers, Chucky Thompson and Sean "Puffy" Combs
"Ready to Die"
"One More Chance"
"Fuck Me (Interlude)"

"One More Chance / Stay with Me Remix" is a hit song by The Notorious B.I.G., featuring Faith Evans, with additional uncredited vocals from Mary J. Blige. It was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 31, 1995.[1]

The original version of the song appears on B.I.G.'s album, Ready to Die. The Remix features a new chorus and faster beat than the original. There is also a "Hip Hop Mix" which samples Marley Marl's "Droppin Science" (featuring rapper Craig G). Evans, who was an up and coming R&B artist at the time, eventually became Biggie's wife after the Remix version was recorded. Incidentally, Evans and Blige co-wrote two songs for Blige's 1995 album, My Life ("I Never Wanna Live With You", "Don't Go"), and B.I.G. rapped on Blige's songs for her What's the 411? Remix album ("What's the 411?" and "Real Love"). The remix samples DeBarge's 1983 song "Stay with Me". The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was the highest debuting single of all time tying Michael Jackson and The Beatles when it entered the Hot 100 at #5 at the time. It remained the highest debuting single for a rap song on the Hot 100 until Puff Daddy's tribute song I'll Be Missing You debuted at #1. (Lauryn Hill and Eminem would equal this feat with Doo Wop (That Thing) and Not Afraid)


Ready to Die Version

The version that is on Ready to Die features R&B trio Total instead of Faith Evans. It samples "Hydra" by Grover Washington, Jr. and features an interpolation of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 on the chorus.

Lil' Cease's niece provides the voice of the child on Biggie's answering machine. His sister and her friends played the various women who leave messages.[1]

The original beat of the original version has a sample of DeBarge's "All This Love" and it can be found on DJ Semi's Ready to Die: The OG Version.

Other versions

"One More Chance" / "Stay With Me (Remix)" (Feat. Faith Evans) - The official remix to the original version. Appears on the single and the popular version. A music video was made for this song. The video was directed by Hype Williams and features appearances by Total, Luther Campbell, Heavy D, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, D-Nice, Patra, Miss Jones, Queen Latifah, Craig Mack, Tyson Beckford, Aaliyah, Changing Faces, Kid Capri, Zhane, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Sean Combs.

"One More Chance (Hip Hop Remix)" (Feat. Total) - Also appears on the single and uses the verses from the "Stay With Me" remix except the beat and chorus is different. Also appears on the clean version of "Ready To Die" (instead of the original). Samples Lou Donaldson's "Who's Making Love?".

"Want That Old Thing Back" (Feat. Ja Rule & Ralph Tresvant) - Appears on Greatest Hits and the bonus disc of Duets: The Final Chapter, has a different beat, the chorus is by Tresvant and features a verse by Ja Rule. Uses Biggie's verses from the original "One More Chance".

"Only One Thing" (Feat. Lil' Kim) - Appears on Mick Boogie's Unbelievable mixtape and has a chorus and verse by Kim and uses Biggie's first verse from the original "One More Chance".

"Foolish"/"Unfoolish" - A single by Ashanti. The song samples "Stay With Me" by DeBarge so it uses the same beat as the "One More Chance" / "Stay With Me" remix. A remix, "Unfoolish", was made which features Biggie's first verse from "Fucking You Tonight" as the 3rd verse. "Unfoolish" appears on We Invented The Remix Vol. 1 and Ashanti's first album.

"One More Chance" / "The Legacy (Remix)" (Feat. Faith Evans & CJ Wallace (B.I.G.'s son)) - The official remix to the "Stay With Me" remix. Appears on the soundtrack of Notorious B.I.G.'s biopic Notorious.

This song played as tribute to Biggie in the Up In Smoke Tour, which was in 2000. Snoop Dogg announced that Biggie was his homeboy, wishing the two had a better relationship, before he passed. Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre played this song as homeage to Biggie.

"M.V.P" - A single by Big L. This song samples "Stay With Me" by DeBarge and has the same meter and cadence as "One More Chance". It was released 2 months earlier and was produced by Lord Finesse

Chart positions

Peak positions

Chart (1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1

End of year charts

End of year chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 23


12" Vinyl Single


  1. One More Chance / Stay With Me (Radio Edit 1) (4:15)
  2. One More Chance (Hip Hop Mix) (5:05)
  3. One More Chance / Stay With Me (Radio Edit 2) (4:35)
  4. One More Chance (Hip Hop Instrumental) (5:08)


  1. One More Chance (Hip Hop Radio Edit) (4:24)
  2. The What (Radio Edit) (4:08)
  3. One More Chance / Stay With Me (Instrumental) (4:35)

CD Single

  1. One More Chance / Stay With Me (Radio Edit 1) (4:17)
  2. One More Chance (Hip Hop Mix) (5:07)
  3. One More Chance / Stay With Me (Radio Edit 2) (4:37)
  4. The What (Radio Edit) (4:00)

Cassette Single

Side one

  1. One More Chance (Radio Edit 1)
  2. One More Chance (Hip Hop Radio Edit)
  3. The What (Radio Edit)

Side two

  1. One More Chance (Hip Hop Mix)
  2. One More Chance (Radio Edit 2)


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