It's a Shame: '90s Music Stars We Lost Too Soon

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  • Big Pun
  • Tupac
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Natina Reed
  • Kenny Greene
  • Melanie Janene Thornton
  • David Cole
  • Orish Grinstead
  • Aaliyah
  • Lisa Lopes
  • Tony Thompson
  • Kevin Conner
  • Eazy-E
  • Guru
  • Nate Dogg
  • Big L
  • Freaky Tah
  • ODB
  • Chris Kelly, Kris Kross
  • Heavy D

The Notorious B.I.G.

Big's two classics, Ready to Die and Life After Death, established him as one of the greatest rappers ever and set a blueprint for successfully treading the line between street cred and crossover success. On March 9, he was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, a (still unsolved) crime many attribute to his beef with Tupac and rap's then-burgeoning bicoastal war.

(Photo: Clarence Davis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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