Saturday May 21, 2022 marked the 50th birthday of the late-great Christopher Wallace. The Brooklyn lyricist was a master of the craft in his time and while he isn’t here to celebrate his 50th, we imagine how he would have. We also imagine what his critique of hip hop today would be. The world has changed since Biggie was murdered. His lyrics were a raw reflection of the Brooklyn he grew up in– that Brooklyn is now heavily gentrified. The industry is different today. Young people don’t go to record stores to buy albums and social media has opened up a new world in which artists can communicate to the world instantly and without the filter of the media. The world Biggie knew and rapped appears to be gone but at its core, much remains the same. Cash still rules everything and if you have a dream, you still shouldn’t “let 'em hold you down” but always “reach for the stars.” Long live Notorious B.I.G.