4 Books About 4 Deceased R&B Legends Who Defined Our Teenage Years in the 90's: Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, Notorious B.I.G, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
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This is for all us 80's-born kids who were shaped by the great R&B artists and rappers of the 90's. For all of us who feel deep nostalgia when one of their songs hits a speaker. This is for all of us who can never imagine our teenage years without Tupac, Aaliyah, Biggie, or "Left Eye" (i.e. TLC).
These four artists were legends in their own way. They also each died tragically and way too soon - all before the age of 30. Tupac was murdered (age 25) by on September 7, 1996 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Aaliyah was killed (age 22) on August 25, 2001 when a small Cessna passenger plane carrying the singer and her video crew crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from an island in the Bahamas. The Notorious B.I.G was shot (age 24) on March 9, 1997 in Los Angeles, also in a drive-by shooting, and died one hour later. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died (age 30) in a tragic car accident on April 25, 2002 in Honduras when the car swerved to avoid a truck.
Maybe it's because I've hit my 30's that I feel so nostalgic about my teenage years; a rearview perspective that you only appreciate when you're decades away. These artists definitely shaped me, and in a weird way, I feel I owe it to myself to know more about them. I haven't read any of these books yet, but I put this list together to have a starting point. If you feel the same in any way then join me on this emotionally-evoking return to our teenage past.