That second verse is probably greater than a lot of careers right now. Ready to Die is a monument in hip-hop as it undercut everything Nas’ Illmatic had going for it at the time. Diddy & Biggie crafted an album with bleak structures and bravado masked with some serious pop samples and replay value through the roof. For a time, I respected Christopher Wallace as a rapper more than 2Pac, which is crazy to do in the South.

But hey, it’s something we all go through – even if it’s not directly your story.