Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs killed in 1997-Christopher "The Notorious BIG" Wallace lives.
Yes, this is a question about rap music. Not exactly a popular subject here. But please indulge me for the moment. My question is basically in the title of the thread. What if the fates of Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, and Christopher "The Notorious BIG" Wallace were switched? What if Combs had been the one murdered in 1997 and Wallace had been the one mourning his death instead of the other way around? And to avoid further problems, presume that no further drive by shooting occurs where Wallace is concerned. The man had a serious weight problem, so that may cause some health concerns further down the line, but for the moment, presume he lives at least long enough to see New Years Day 2000. With Combs dead, what happens to Bad Boy Records? How does Wallace respond to Combs' death? How is Combs remembered here? How does the continued presence of Wallace affect the music industry? Does he release another album after "Life After Death"? Or does the murder of Combs guide him towards retirement? What impact does the absence of "Puff Daddy" have on American culture generally? And conversely, what impact does Wallace's presence have?
Again I realize that this is a horribly unpopular topic here. And I know there are probably some issues with plausibility regarding Combs being targeted instead of Wallace.