March 22, 1997 |
Why? It's a question that many are asking after the recent fatal shooting of the Notorious B.I.G.--the second such incident of a major rap star in six months. The question goes beyond the circumstances of the slayings of B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur to the issue of the anger and violence in hip-hop. People continue to ask: Exactly where does it come from? And, perhaps more puzzling, why does it strike such a nerve in millions of record buyers?