As tragically short and prematurely ended his life and career was, Notorious B.I.G. made a lasting impact on the rap music and culture. Abel and Biggie Smalls knew each other from the hood, back before everything even started. Abel was always amazed how BIG never actually wrote down any of his rhymes, he kept it all in his head, ready to go at all times. Even back in the school, Biggie would get into rap battles, annihilating any opponent coming his way. Did you know that he attended the same school as Jay Z And Busta Rhymes in Brooklyn, New York? Guess some places are just fertile ground for creativity. And more often than not, it is from the worst or most difficult environments that the best artists arise.