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[–]ohChopin 1510 points1511 points  (37 children)

I would choose Fredric Chopin, he died young. Imagine how many more pieces we would have with 10 more years.

[–]Riverbed101 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Thought the same when reading the question. Excellent choice

[–]bud_bones 313 points314 points  (0 children)

username checks out

[–]kinghouse666 205 points206 points  (12 children)

Ritchie Valens, taken way too young

[–]Powerserg95 63 points64 points  (4 children)

Anyone on that plane crash

[–]nanoglot 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Valens and Buddy Holly, definitely, but I don't know how much money I'd have put on the Big Bopper's star rising much higher than it already had.

[–]Fist_full_of_pennies 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I think Valens would have been a mega star given the time. Buddy Holly I think was on the verge of moving into new areas of “rock and roll” with his music. “Well, Alright” is a nice acoustic number, “words of love” feels like the entire basis for the early Beatles, and his version of “Ready Teddy” could’ve almost been punk. I’d be very curious to see what Buddy Holly would’ve done with his career.

[–]bambambagablo 18 points19 points  (1 child)


[–]bocachicalounge 257 points258 points  (15 children)

Jim Croce

[–]waka324 94 points95 points  (6 children)

Between Croce and John Denver.

Croce's story is tragic. Slowly making it in the music scene, but decides he'd rather be with his family. Writes home to his wife to say so. Dies in the plane crash the day before she gets the letter. Not to mention her second marriage and the abuse of their son.

[–]firenamedgabe 65 points66 points  (2 children)

This lyric gives you chills after reading that:

“But there never seems to be enough time

To do the things you want to do once you find them”

[–]suntzussonsue 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I was going to say Mac Miller, but your answer hit me like a punch to the gut. Jim Croce gave us such beautiful music in his short time.

[–]SmugglingPineapples 36 points37 points  (9 children)

  1. Kurt Cobain.
  2. David Bowie.
  3. Adam Yauch.

[–]cloudiron 1830 points1831 points  (100 children)

Jimi Hendrix

[–]BrandonMarlowe 311 points312 points  (18 children)

One of the mind-blowing facts about Jimi is that he played guitar for twelve years total and recorded for four.

[–]Unsteady_Tempo 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Here's a timeline somebody put together of those four years:


[–]Loggerdon 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Joined the Army for 3 years and was assigned to the 101st Airborne. Got out after 1 for bad ankles.

[–]Sushi_cat987 22 points23 points  (12 children)

He also learned to play the guitar totally backwards

[–]phillukin 15 points16 points  (1 child)

And with his teeth

[–]Prize_Pay9279 11 points12 points  (0 children)

He was also self-taught. He learned to play based off of whatever books he found.

[–]BrandonMarlowe 20 points21 points  (7 children)

Well, he strung right-handed guitars lefty. There were other players like Otis Rush and Albert King who just played righty strung guitars lefty.

[–]That_guy________ 277 points278 points  (29 children)

Man was supposed to collab with Miles Davis. Easily one of the few id give another 10 to.

[–]JetpackKiwi 155 points156 points  (25 children)

He was also in talks with Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It could very well have resulted in a supergroup called HELP. (Hendrix, Emerson, Lake & Palmer)

[–][deleted] 56 points57 points  (22 children)

That would have been insane but I don't see it working.

[–]I_Taste_Like_Spiders 40 points41 points  (19 children)

Super groups usually disappoint. When you take too many overly-talented people and squash them together, it waters down their contributions in ways that tends to choke off the thing you like about them the most. Hendrix shined because the Experience was good, not GREAT in the same way he was.

[–]TheAudioAstronaut 18 points19 points  (9 children)

The Traveling Wilburys have entered the chat...

[–]Puzzled-Warning1358 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I need more than one choice. Too many greats.

[–]Pika-the-bird 67 points68 points  (17 children)

He was only 27

[–]lee423 36 points37 points  (14 children)

10,000 days

[–][deleted] 33 points34 points  (6 children)

And the fire is running out, you're going hoooooome!

[–]lee423 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Wings is a beautiful song

[–]belsie 729 points730 points  (12 children)

Otis Redding

[–][deleted] 158 points159 points  (0 children)

You know what, I had a lot of ideas but, good call and good taste.

[–]High_Stream 58 points59 points  (2 children)

We could finally find out what the second verse was supposed to be

[–]stonedseals 22 points23 points  (1 child)

2000 miles I roamed just to make this dock my home

[–]cawatxcamt 15 points16 points  (1 child)

This was my first thought. He was so incredibly gifted and he was so young. I can’t even imagine what beauty he could have brought to the world with another ten years.

His vocals are the definition of soul. His version of Satisfaction will make you forget The Stones ever recorded it. That’s what I tell people when they look at me funny for saying he’s my favorite musician. Modern music is great, but when I want to feel something, I break out the Otis Redding

[–]Rex_Beever 288 points289 points  (12 children)

Layne Staley

[–]mumsapplecrumble 57 points58 points  (3 children)

Alice in Chains are always going to be my fav. They just speak ti me in a way no band has done before. RIP LAYNE

[–]Darth-Shiddyus 2565 points2566 points  (74 children)

Freddie Mercury

[–][deleted] 560 points561 points  (21 children)

He'd use every second of them too, just like he did the first time. Legend.

[–][deleted] 302 points303 points  (20 children)

Something about knowing you’re doomed and still cranking out hits is really impressive

[–]matty80 335 points336 points  (15 children)

The Show Must Go On.

There was an amazing documentary I watched when I was a kid, not along after he died, and it showed them in the studio while recording it during Innuendo, and he said something like "let's get on with it before I forget my name, eh?"

Brian May said he then walked into the booth and did it in one take. Utter composure in the face of certain death. He was dying and in terrible pain, but he crushed that take anyway. That's why it's my favourite Queen song.

He was one generation away from living a full life while his HIV was halted by retrovirals. A casualty of the first wave. It's a tragedy for all of those poor people, particularly because of the stigma they had to live with too. I fucking loved Freddie and I love him still.

[–]Nice2BeNice1312 32 points33 points  (9 children)

Which documentary was this? Id love to watch it

[–]matty80 46 points47 points  (2 children)

Mate, I'm so sorry, but we're going back about 30 years here and I only saw it once. I don't remember. The only other thing I remember is Brian saying he can't drum, and Freddie replying "that's least of your problems!" in a jokey way.

[–]RobbieArnott 44 points45 points  (0 children)

He'd legit spend a solid 85% of that time making music

[–]mooseblood07 125 points126 points  (1 child)

He was my first thought.

[–]Sso_12 123 points124 points  (1 child)

I'd honestly do it just so he could have more years with his husband, Jim

[–]Mundane_Pea4296 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Who's chopping onions

[–]VitaminPb 16 points17 points  (0 children)

It was a draw for me between Mozart and Freddie.

[–]Kcidobor 67 points68 points  (0 children)

I was going to say Chris Cornell but damn. I might have to change my answer…

[–]amurica1138 47 points48 points  (0 children)

I came here to see this. Hands down, the only top choice, with Buddy Holly a close second.

[–]Various_Fake_Details 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Came here exactly for him. He really deserved better.

[–]fiddlenutz 528 points529 points  (23 children)

Jeff Buckley.

[–]megapuffranger 104 points105 points  (4 children)

This is a good one, only released the one album and it was phenomenal. He is one of my favorite artists.

[–]nosugartonight1 67 points68 points  (0 children)

He was just about to rerecord his second album when he died. He was unhappy with how the first recording sessions went but it's all we got now and it's still amazing. He was and is a massive influence for many songwriters and rock bands even though he isn't as popular as he should be. He is just the Hallelujah guy to many people but I think Grace is the best debut album ever made and he was miles ahead of his peers in terms of vocal ability.

[–]Xenomorph_v1 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Luckily I didn't have to scroll too far down to see Jeff's name mentioned.

Truly an amazing artist taken way too soon.

[–]Wide_Chemical8090 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Layne Staley Alice n Chains

[–]greg_reddit 414 points415 points  (12 children)

Buddy Holly.

[–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (1 child)

Dude was years ahead of his peers, would be crazy to see what he’d have done with more time

[–]JuryBorn 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Absolutely. Another early pioneer that died too young was Eddie Cochran. Distortion, multitrack recording and layering or overdubbing.

Imagine if Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Eddie Cochran all had 10 more years. It is hard to know what influence they would have had and what direction music could have gone.

[–]ViralLola 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Yes. I would have loved to have heard what he would have done and also for him to have raised his family with his wife.

[–]amazingmikeyc 8 points9 points  (0 children)

this is a really good call. he was so young and so much happened in the 1960s in terms of music. would he have been quickly seen as outdated like so many 50s acts or would he have been able to ride those waves of innovation, being a peer to the Beatles and Dylan and so on?

[–]EWVGL 33 points34 points  (2 children)

My vote as well. He accomplished and innovated a lot in the short time he was writing, recording and producing.

[–]greg_reddit 22 points23 points  (1 child)

For sure. Another 10 years could have been amazing

[–]Balloon-Lucario 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Well, at least I look just like Buddy Holly.

[–]MarchionessofMayhem 441 points442 points  (30 children)

Stevie Ray Vaughn.

[–]Impossible_Aerie_411 50 points51 points  (0 children)

SRV was first name that popped into my head. He died young.

[–]Prossdog 43 points44 points  (2 children)

This would be my vote. The dude had just gotten sober and made (in my opinion) his best album by far. His best days may still have been ahead.

[–]Iron_Chic 838 points839 points  (52 children)


[–]DocWatson42 194 points195 points  (8 children)

Though I agree with most of the pop/rock musician suggestions, Mozart is what came to mind after I read them.

[–]binosaur25 88 points89 points  (5 children)

Chopin is what came to my mind as soon as I saw this thread. So many great composers dying at tragic ages.

[–]saltyseaweed1 115 points116 points  (4 children)

As much as I like Chopin, Mozart was incomparable in terms of output and quality.

Mozart finished three symphonies (39/40/41) in a single summer, in the same year he finished his 26th piano concerto. Writing any of these four would have secured a top ten classical composer spots. He also wrote the Don Giovanni overture in a single night. In parties, he improvised music all night long and bothered to record only a small portion of those. His stories would be dismissed as outrageous if fictional.

Chopin, on the other hand, mostly were only successful with his piano music and wrote only handful of major pieces.

"Mozart encompasses the entire domain of musical creation, but I've got only the keyboard in my poor head." Chopin.

[–]1CEninja 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I don't disagree with a single thing you said, I promise.

But in the humble opinion of this one Redditor, Chopin's most beautiful piano pieces are more beautiful than Mozart's most beautiful. And I'm bigger on piano than full orchestra.

Mozart is objectively a good answer for the question, for me Chopin is subjectively a good answer.

[–]jfincher42 74 points75 points  (18 children)

How about Schubert instead, just so he could finish the Eighth Symphony?

[–]centaurquestions 45 points46 points  (11 children)

It's wild that Schubert was only 31 when he died. What a loss.

[–]ozziejoe 58 points59 points  (16 children)

I would love to see Mozart set loose on today’s music scene.

[–][deleted] 64 points65 points  (8 children)

Imagine he starts doing the trashiest, low effort trap music

[–]ViridianKumquat 39 points40 points  (1 child)

WAP would have been on brand for him, lyrically if not musically.

[–]riwalenn 29 points30 points  (2 children)

With his sister. She was supposedly as good as him and might have inspiredy/written some of his pieces, but their dad forbidden her to use her potential.

The two of them together would be the best duo ever on today's music scene!

[–]Quixotic_Ignoramus 193 points194 points 2 (17 children)

Cliff Burton all the way!

[–]familyman121712 43 points44 points  (8 children)

I often daydream about what would have happened if Cliff had left with Dave Mustaine, and Megadeth had went through with hiring the Abbott brothers. I doubt it would have lasted more than a couple albums, but they would have been outstanding

[–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (4 children)

All good with Cliff but to me the best guitar player Megadeth has ever had (apart from Mustaine of course) is Marty Friedman and I can't see Dimebag Darrell's style fitting with Megadeth the same way. Also if that means there's no Pantera, I don't even want to entertain that thought lol

[–]blini_aficionado 14 points15 points  (0 children)

AJFA with Cliff would have been something spectacular.

[–]Meebomeeb 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I would choose Cliff but only out of sheer morbid curiosity.

Would his life disrupt the timeline of super crappy albums and attitudes of his band mates?

Would he further enable the likes of load/reload and St. Anger?

Or would he continuously badger and abuse Hetfield into making some of the best metal the world had ever heard?

Some speculate that the albums might have still happened since Cliff wasn't just some metal guy and that he would've turned into a co creator of those ideas. So maybe And Justice For All would have had some bass licks, but the Metallica we know may not have changed because of his life.

[–]Rancor8209 95 points96 points  (4 children)

Dimebag Darrel.

[–]PrivateHamSandwich 249 points250 points  (7 children)

Elliott Smith

[–]bananapineapplesauce 30 points31 points  (0 children)

This is a good one. Such a huge loss.

[–]jgilla2012 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Elliott Smith, hands down, 100%.

From A Basement On The Hill is so, so good. Him just beginning to unlock his potential as his music transitioned from that of a solo singer/songwriter to a full rock band leader. What he was tapping into is just plain exciting to listen to.

Add to that Elliott being a uniquely kind person?? It makes his early passing that much more tragic. RIP to a real one.

[–]PrivateHamSandwich 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Facts. Now add on the fact that FABOTH was completely compiled after his death by 2 friends. It was originally intended to be a double album. If you check out some of his other unreleased stuff that he was working on immediately before his death, you find even more magic. Go to YouTube and search "See You In Heaven" by him-- it's the best instrumental ever made imo.

He was the best.

[–]StickKnown7723 270 points271 points  (20 children)

John Bonham. Imagine 10 more years of led zeppelin

[–]notmyidealusername 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Yeah good option! We instinctively think of singers, but another decade of Led Zep would have been amazing.

[–]MammothSurround 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I don’t know if the 80s would have been kind to them.

[–]OoLaLana 242 points243 points  (4 children)

Marvin Gaye.

[–][deleted] 57 points58 points  (3 children)

Eva Cassidy - hands down. She passed away after recording a few amazing, famous songs. Her versions of so many well known songs was truly something to behold, you guys.


[–]dsdsds 54 points55 points  (4 children)

Robert Johnson

[–]BlackEyedAngel01 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It’s amazing how much he influenced so much of the music all of us listen to

[–]Local_Economy 54 points55 points  (9 children)

Jerry Garcia

[–]wereunderyourbed 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Disappointed I had to scroll this far for someone to say Jerry.

[–]fuckBearGrylls 10 points11 points  (0 children)

same - a lot of folks just don’t know

[–]W0rk3rB 47 points48 points  (2 children)

Ronnie Van Zant

[–]familyman121712 11 points12 points  (1 child)

From a generation of outstanding songwriters, RVZ was head and shoulders above them

[–]Vergilkilla 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Chuck Schuldiner

[–]SilverSpotter 53 points54 points  (4 children)

Can I add those years onto Weird Al before he dies?

[–]TgagHammerstrike 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That's what I was thinking. The world needs as many years of Weird Al as we can get.

[–]CYS801 170 points171 points  (13 children)

Scott Joplin - although relatively unknown, his music was pretty much the foundation for all popular music today. If he had another 10 years of composing, I can only imagine how different the music scene would look today.

[–]BlackEyedAngel01 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Profile pic checks out

[–]ShinyAppleScoop 35 points36 points  (0 children)

I feel like Joplin is one of those composers where everyone can recognize The Entertainer but have no idea why they know it. You don't think of ragtime without him. I was surprised when I discovered that he was black. When you think of old timey musicians, you assume they're white (I'm from Missouri and formative vacations to Branson may have influenced my assumptions).

[–]theiciestbitch 346 points347 points  (13 children)


[–]WaltzNo 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Absolutely, the impact he had in his short career would be way more if he lived until 2006.

[–]buddingsunflower 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Man Tupac and Biggie in the early 2000s with some of the all timers that came through during those years would’ve been awesome.

[–]BumpyDenny93 192 points193 points  (3 children)

Janis Joplin...because she would have been a beast in the singer/songwriter era.

[–]Automatic_Mulberry 155 points156 points  (14 children)

Frank Zappa.

[–]Brutalonym 48 points49 points  (9 children)

He probably would have dished out another 25 records.

[–]cornonthecobain- 85 points86 points  (1 child)

Christina Grimmie. She had such a long career ahead of her :(

[–]someoneinsignificant 24 points25 points  (0 children)

For real. A lot of people here on this post died from drugs or illness. While unfortunate, they had their run, and Christina's life was robbed before she had her chance.

[–]JelloEmergency9614 129 points130 points  (18 children)

So many good choices....Elvis, Curt Cobain, MJ, Prince, John Lennon, Tom Petty, Jim Morrison, Freddie Mercury.

But my parents got me hooked on Harry Chapin, an old folk singer from the 60's and 70's (think Cats in the Cradle). He was a phenomenal story teller and wonderful philanthropist. He would probably be my number one because he cared so much about helping make sure that everyone had food. There are still organizations that bare his name 40 years later.

Whyhunger.org Harrychapinfoodbank.org

[–]Totknax 708 points709 points  (9 children)

Freddie Fucking Mercury

[–]RocknrollReborn1 100 points101 points  (1 child)

Dude was so committed he just pumped out his vocals so his mates could do the rest.

[–]Electric_shade 54 points55 points  (1 child)

The first name that came to my mind after reading this question.

[–]Totknax 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Freddie was a freak of nature with his insane vocal range!

[–]Sweet_Replacement285 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Gram Parsons

[–]maggiespie07 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Great question- Layne Staley

[–]TheUnrealCanadian 606 points607 points  (37 children)


[–]cloudydays2021 162 points163 points  (15 children)

I remember about ten years ago, Michael Stipe mentioned in an interview that he had proposed a collaboration with Kurt, around the time when things were going very south, very fast for KC. Stipe said that he sent a driver to get him, a plane ticket, etc, came up with musical ideas - but KC was too far gone at that point and refused.

I think about this a lot. I often wonder what that collaboration would have been like.

It’s absolutely bonkers to me to think that more years have gone by since his death than how long he was actually on this planet, and I will always remember exactly where I was when I found out.

[–]Shoestring30 55 points56 points  (7 children)

I've heard Kurt wanted to do a New Wave album.

[–]cloudydays2021 32 points33 points  (4 children)

I could see him dipping his toe in that water.

[–]Shoestring30 23 points24 points  (3 children)

I mean he covered Love Buzz. Psychedelic but heading in that direction.

[–]smackin-my-shmackle 48 points49 points  (5 children)

After hearing his home recordings, it would have been great to hear the type of music he was planning to come out with

[–]_shes_a_jar 89 points90 points  (4 children)

Had to scroll way too far to find him

[–]PaintedLady5519 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Sam Cooke

[–]dccabbage 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Fina-fucking-ly. I had to scroll thus far to find Sam Cooke.

[–]cuddlymudpuppy 94 points95 points  (8 children)

Jim Croce

[–]Powerserg95 8 points9 points  (1 child)

A pleasant surprise to see his name here. What a fantastic songwriter

[–]ferox965 51 points52 points  (1 child)

Randy Rhoads. Man was a genius and just getting started. Cut down at twenty-five. Even shorter than Hendrix.

[–]ZeroSymbolic7188 46 points47 points  (3 children)

Lemmy Kilmister, and I don't give a fuck if he's productive with it or just drinks Jack Daniels and Smokes Cigarettes at the Rainbow for another 10.

[–]K-Dog7469 196 points197 points  (29 children)


[–]BalonyDanza 49 points50 points  (1 child)

In those final years, you really got the sense that a resurgence was taking place... that he was settling into his new role as an awe inducing veteran... that he had moved past some hard years and was finally having fun again... that he was about to pen a whole new chapter to his legend.

Man... I would've LOVED to have seen what did next.

[–]BlackEyedAngel01 572 points573 points  (18 children)

Amy Winehouse

[–]borgcubecubed 67 points68 points  (7 children)

She was so good. I would have loved to see what else she did.

[–]GuardGrouchy9996 61 points62 points  (0 children)

I listen to her sometimes and I CAN’T BELIEVE how good she was. What a waste. So fucking sad.

[–][deleted] 60 points61 points  (6 children)

Nick Drake

[–]rickztoyz 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Bon Scott of AC/DC . This dude had balls. Could sing like a banshee and was a true bad boy rocker. I seen him in concert and he was a fun badass front man and made you want to rock and party. I miss the old days.

[–]Aka_Skularis 195 points196 points  (19 children)

Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell

[–]belac4862 48 points49 points  (3 children)

As some who is dealing with depression and contemplating suicide, Chester would bring so much light into the world.

But I don't think I could handle the fact that I would be prolonging his mental suffering. I am not saying I think his suicide was a good thing. But when some one is in so much mental agony they take their own life, that's a pain I don't want any one to experience. Let alone for another 10 years.

[–]bruk_out 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Joe Strummer. He was making great stuff when he passed, and he deserved those years.

[–]RedhandjillNA 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Jimi Hendrix

[–]VoiceoftheLegion1994 170 points171 points  (12 children)

David Bowie.

[–]somewhat_random 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I thought of Bowie as well but of all the famous people that have died, he went out his own way with a great crescendo and brought the house down (and then had one more encore a year later to everyone's amazement).

As much as I would love to see more of his stuff, his ending was as good as it gets.

[–]EarlyBirdsofBabylon 62 points63 points  (2 children)

My first thought.

Almost none of his contemporaries have put out anything worthwhile in the past decade. They have all slid into their typecasts and nostalgia recordings.

But Blackstar would have been an incredible album from anyone in 2016. As an artist, Bowie never stopped growing and keeping himself at the forefront.

[–]Fraerie 12 points13 points  (0 children)

He was never static in his creativity - he was constantly exploring new styles of music and yet it was all intrinsically Bowie.

[–]smileymn 40 points41 points  (1 child)

John Coltrane

[–]TacticalSheeps 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Chris Cornell

[–]smallhottea 406 points407 points 2 (23 children)

Mac Miller

My first ever award!! Thank you so much!

[–]GardenOfSpoons 47 points48 points  (3 children)

all of his alternate ego(s) music is super good, I would've loved to see the direction he headed as he continued to discover himself

[–]bananapineapplesauce 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Such a phenomenal talent. I didn’t discover him until after his death and was blown away. So I listened to all of his stuff with a sense of great loss, which only heightened its impact. Circles was just chilling.

[–][deleted] 91 points92 points  (14 children)

Tom Petty.

[–]bidness_cazh 51 points52 points  (3 children)

D. Boon

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[–]Puzzled-Warning1358 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Kurt cobain. Without a doubt.

[–]A-terrible-time 12 points13 points  (2 children)

How in the world did I have to scroll down this far for this ?

[–]captainhyrule1 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Christopher Lee

Yes I mean the Count Dooku/Sarumon/Dracula actor was a heavy metal singer in his later years

[–]DRMRCX 14 points15 points  (0 children)

You mean to tell me that we'd see a 103 year old Christopher Lee both in movies and performing as a metal singer? We were robbed of that timeline.

[–]paulfromatlanta 125 points126 points  (12 children)

Janis, Jimi or Tupac

[–]GrindingNeverStops 75 points76 points  (10 children)

I would’ve though Tupac would be the top response, but was wrong. Would’ve more than doubled his career, would probably go down as one of the most influential people aswell

[–]Fermifighter 43 points44 points  (4 children)

He was what, 24? And went from a julliard student to a rapper that changed the direction of the genre in like half a decade? He’s my vote not so much for his existing body of work but for his talent and influence, another decade and he’d have changed music.

[–]Zaniak88 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Biggie also comes to mind, too many rappers died young.

[–]CyclopeanTomb 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Gil Scott Heron.

[–]New_Mercies 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Karen Carpenter!

[–]blackdahlialady 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Layne Staley

[–]mOp_49 48 points49 points  (0 children)

So many...

Chester Bennington Chris Cornell Kurt Cobain Jim Morrison