The debate for all-time greatest emcee often comes down to an argument pitting the late greats 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. 15 years ago today, the latter of this pair was murdered. Throughout his all-too-short lifetime, Biggie only released two albums (“Ready to Die” and “Life After Death”), but both were classics. No questions asked. Biggie’s story-telling, flow, and iconic voice catapulted him to the top of the East Coast rap game. If Biggie had lived and continued to consistently put out music as great as his first two albums, he may be considered the inarguable G.O.A.T.
Regardless, the rap industry today still feels the influence of Notorious. Personally, I listened to nothing but Biggie today to commemorate his death. Biggie Smalls, we salute you.
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