Life After Death
On March 25, 1997, Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious BIG, released his best selling album 15 days after his murder. Ironically named “Life After Death”, the album was considered a landmark and received 3 Grammy nominations. “Life After Death” outsold its equally grimly-named and possibly prophetic precursor (Ready to Die) and was certified diamond in 2000. Biggie Smalls’ album is a prime example of a musician’s financial worth increasing after their death. Furthermore, the rapper, known for his violent lyrics, is today seen as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Sometimes death can seem more profitable than life. In this way Biggie is not alone; musicians making more money and turning more heads after their death is a commonly seen pattern.
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