Christopher Wallace was one of the greatest rappers the culture has ever heard. And we can still hear him. Fifteen years after his untimely death, Wallace’s friends and colleagues drop science.

Clark Kent:

If Biggie was alive, Bad Boy would still be crushing everyone because BIG is that dude. Like, they woulda still been crushing ‘cause they still got BIG. It woulda been ugly, manslaughtering shit. Mase was making great records at that time already. All that shit with him going to church wouldn’t have happened ‘cause he wouldn’t have thought Puff was the devil. Biggie died, so that must have been crazy for [Mase] to see.

Its unfair people think that of Puff ‘cause he does good business. Unfortunately, circumstances have brought drama around him– but he can’t control that. What woulda happened if Mase sold millions? Would he still call Puff the devil?

It’s kinda tricky to say what woulda happened to the [East Coast/West Coast] feud. I think it woulda went away ‘cause it was corny–but the rivalry woulda still been there. Each coast woulda had their own champions still. Snoop is champion of the West, Pac was fighter for West. Big and Jay are fighters for the East. Still, there’d be a rivalry.


I think that Bad Boy would still be at the top of the game if BIG was alive.


I think that Biggie woulda been probably the President of Bad Boy and he would’ve taken more of an executive role in the entrepreneurship of what Puff is doing. They woulda shared the spotlight more than just Puff doing it alone.


I remember Biggie telling Tone in studio one night, ‘I got the concept for a group called Junior Mafia, and I don’t know who would be in it yet.’ He was def in that [business] mindset.


He was also partners with Lance “Un” Rivera and they were making moves. All of us being from Brooklyn, we all aspire to leave, or be businessmen in the entertainment field. We all aspired for that, and Biggie was one of those.

Lil Cease:

If Biggie survived, Puffy would have been still riding that wave (laughs). BIG was the soul of Bad Boy, anybody who was around the label back at that time would tell you that. If you were signed to Bad Boy you weren’t certified until BIG jumped on your record—weather it was a Total record or a 112 record, a Mase joint–BIG was that center. If BIG was still here, it would be the same thing—Puff and BIG would be like Batman and Robin. As far as their producer/artist partnership, I don’t think nobody could fuck with them. Puff schoolin’ BIG on how to make the records—the concepts and melodies—Puff just had a strong ear for that shit. Puff would throw something out there and BIG could easily just rhyme about it in the best way ever. If BIG was still here, I don’t think nobody would be able to fuck with him.

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