February might be the cruelest month for hip-hop fans. Despite being the shortest one of the year, it reminds us in rapid succession of the loss of some of the most promising talents whose lives were cut just short of drastically impacting the rap world. Those lost in this 28-day span include Big Pun (February 7, 2000), Big L (February 15, 1999) and producer J. Dilla (February 10, 2006).
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|RIP J. Dilla|
But while Pun had already tasted mainstream success with "Still Not a Player," and Big L had a well-received debut and a strong single in "Ebonics" under his belt at the time of their deaths, the days surrounding Dilla's death and his career up to that point have been largely drowned out with the accepted statement that he was always one of the genre's best. Now, nine years after his death, his greatness is an undisputed fact. More »