The Notorious B.I.G.: 15 Years Later His Music Enjoys 'Life After Death'
Wallace, only 24 years old when he was murdered -- a still unsolved case -- had just two studio albums to his credit Ready to Die and the posthumous double-disc set Life After Death released shortly after the rapper met his fate. Still, his brief time gave the music world tracks such as "Juicy" "Hypnotize" and "Big Poppa." Had he been alive today, we can only wonder what trajectory his talents would have taken as he would be nearing his 40th birthday. The Root openly ponders on this occasion what rap would look like had he lived on.
"It was all a dream / I used to read Word Up magazine / Salt'n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine / Hangin' pictures on my wall / Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl / I let my tape rock 'til my tape popped."Fifteen years later and certainly not forgotten, Wallace's legacy has become a centerpiece of the very culture that inspired and took him beyond his wildest imagination. Because of it, somewhere, right now, there are aspiring MCs studying Biggie's flow, learning and practicing the craft until the day we'll all come to know their name.