Biggie's influence was strong. Without him, we wouldn't have a Puff/Diddy, Jay-Z, Lil Kim, and many others. He also inspired people of all shapes and sizes that you could do anything no matter how you look. Big Pun before his untimely death (heart attack) even credited Biggie as a major influence. His talent and appeal was so great that people no longer cared how fat and unattractive you may be. As long as you had talent, then you could achieve new heights. In a way, you can say Biggie was responsible for Adele and Jennifer Hudson's (before losing) fame. Before him, not many people their size were successful. His influence has no limits. Even today, you see a lot of people crediting and referencing him. 16 years is a long time. The man was only 24 and he became a cultural icon. Hell of a career for someone who only had 2 albums, right?
I just hope that these young up and coming rappers today pay close attention to what happened to Biggie and 2Pac because it could happen to them. I wish I could somehow get the message out there differently, but what more can I do? It's right there in their faces. I don't know if they chose to ignore it or just doesn't take it seriously. We need to wake up people. We don't need any more casualties in this genre we love. We need more success stories. We need people to live long enough to explain to their children the impact of Biggie and 2Pac. It's time to wake up because before you know it, it'll all be taken away.
R.I.P. Christopher Wallace, the true King of Hip Hop.