In the immediate aftermath of Christopher Wallace 's murder in 1997, emotions were running high in the hip-hop community. Having lost Tupac Shakur the previous year, there was a combined sense of shock, anger and hurt swirling in the air. Noted journalist and author Rob Marriott was asked by ego trip to contribute his thoughts on the impact and meaning of The Notorious B.I.G.'s death for Issue #10. Marriott's critical think piece was designed to coincide with Chairman Mao's Q&A with Biggie , which took place about a month prior to the Los Angeles shooting. In his thought-provoking write-up (and his newly penned preface), Rob gives readers great insight into the deep feelings Big's fans were going through immediately after the rapper's killing, reminisces about spending time with Biggie in the studio and describes in detail what it was like to be at the massive Brooklyn funeral procession.