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

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  • Guru
  • Nate Dogg
  • Big L
  • Freaky Tah
  • ODB
  • Chris Kelly, Kris Kross
  • Heavy D
  • 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

Big L

Still one of your favorite rappers' favorite rapper, Big L's death in 1999 shook the industry. While he wasn't well known in the mainstream, those who heard him praised him as a sleeper cell of lyrical talent — witty one-liners, metaphors, and story-telling. He almost signed to Roc-A-Fella after his most popular song, "Ebonics," released, but he was viciously murdered — shot nine times in his own Harlem doorway in 1999.

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