In The Hip-Hop World, He’s Still A Biggie

The attention granted to Biggie Smalls nearly a decade after his murder is not all about his art. Morbidity has something to do with it, as well. “We’re fascinated with death,” says Elliott Wilson, editor of the hip-hop magazine XXL tells The New York Daily News. “Look at the way we are with Elvis.” Unlike the rock ‘n’ roll King, however, Biggie died “at the height of his fame,” notes Erik Parker, music editor of Vibe. “We want to continue to bask in what he could have been.”

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