It's that time of year again: I'm celebrating a birthday and wondering which deceased rapper I've now outlived.
The answer is, I've outlasted pretty much all of them. Every hip-hop artist cut down in his prime is younger than me — even Jam Master Jay and Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived well into their 30s. (I've already noted the sad realization that I'm much older than someone named Ol' Dirty Bastard.)
I am still younger than Heavy D and Nate Dogg, but they died from health problems. It doesn't seem like they should count.
In any case, I'm happy to be here — and sad for those who aren't. I would go pour a little liquor on the ground, but I live in a high-rise apartment with no houseplants.