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The Notorious B.I.G. Quotes

Christopher George Latore Wallace

The Notorious B.I.G. quotes: Biggie’s best lyrics and tips.

“Back in third grade, they used to say, ‘Take whatever talent you have and think of something you can do with it.’ I liked to draw, but what could I do with it? Maybe I could be an art dealer. Nah, can’t see myself doing that. Maybe I could do commercial arts?”

“I can’t even say Puff and me are like brothers, ’cause we closer than that.”

“It’s all good baby, baby.”

“I wanted to get in the game and get the big house and the cars, with the pool. I wanted to do all that.”

“My real life helped me sell a lot of records.”

“The hustlers on the corner were my role models.”

“I never thought it could happen, this rappin’ stuff.”

“Lyrically, I’m supposed to represent.”

“Never lose, never choose to.”

“Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.”

“You gotta mature, you know?”

“If the game shakes me or breaks me, I hope it makes me a better man.”

“With big folks, either people think you look mean or it’s more of a jolly Santa Claus, ‘Oh, he’s just a pudgy little teddy bear pillow.'”

“The second time I went to jail, I was like, ‘Okay, this is not the move.'”

“Every true hustler knows that you cannot hustle forever. You will go to jail eventually.”

“We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.”

“I’m living everyday like a hustle, another drug to juggle. Another day, another struggle.”

“I wonder if I died, would tears come to her eyes? Forgive me for my disrespect, forgive me for my lies.”

“Birthdays was the worst days, now we sip champagne when we thirsty.”

“I found something I was good at, I’m just trying to flip it, keep it going. I ain’t trying to slack at all.”

“Damn right I like the life I live, because I went from negative to positive.”

“Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it, and live the phrase ‘sky’s the limit.'”

“Never let them know your next move.”

“I’m making music for the people. If y’all love the music, y’all gonna buy the music.”

“If you don’t love yourself, I’ll make you see your own heart.”

“I grew up a f*cking screw up, got introduced to the game, got a ounce and f*cking blew up.”

“I don’t chase ’em, I replace ’em.”

“Basically, I wake up at nine o’clock in the morning, go to different record stores, go to the studio, think up different ideas for songs. Just workin’.”

“Honeys wanna chat, but all we wanna know is where the party at?”

“What happens on that corner happens on every corner.”

“Super Nintendo Sega Genesis, when I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this.”

“As I leave my competition respirator style, climb the ladder to success escalator style.”

“To all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothing…”

“I would never wish death on nobody, ’cause there ain’t no coming back from that.”

“Never get high on your own supply.”

“Sh*t, don’t ask me. I went from ashy, to nasty, to classy.”

“Pac get busy. People can’t take nothing from him. On the lyrics, he get busy, straight up.”

“A strong word called consignment, strictly for live men, not for freshmen, if you ain’t got the clientele say, ‘Hell no!’ ‘cause they gon’ want they money—rain, sleet, hail, snow.”

“We aint’ trying to fail in this game. We trying to succeed.”

“I’m blowing up like you thought I would. Call the crib, same number, same hood, it’s all good.”

“I spit phrases that’ll thrill you, you’re nobody till someone kills you.”

“When I die, f*ck it I wanna go to hell, ‘cause I’m a piece of sh*t, it ain’t hard to f*ckin’ tell.”

“Learn to treat life to the best, put stress to rest.”

“Everything you get, ya gotta work hard for it.”

“Sticks and stones may break bones, but the gat will kill you quicker.”

“I’m basically different things to different people. If it’s a guy, I’ma probably have my guard up because it’s a street rule that when men come around that I don’t know, I just immediately throw shade on them. But I don’t associate with fellas all that much; if it’s a girl—a beautiful girl—I be nice.”

“I gotta stay on a positive vibe. All my peoples gotta stay on a positive vibe, you know? The negativity just brings failure.”

“Considered a fool ’cause I dropped out of high school. Stereotypes of a black male misunderstood.”

“Never let no one know how much dough you hold.”

“It’s like the more money we come across, the more problems we see.”

“As I open my eyes and realizing I changed, not the same deranged child stuck up in the game.”

“All I know is gold and platinum, and I want to be platinum.”

“Take a better stand. Put money in my mom’s hand. Get my daughter this college plan, so she don’t need no man.”

“You know very well who you are, don’t let ’em hold you down, reach for the stars.”

“The streets is a short stop. Either you’re slinging crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot.”

“I don’t wanna live no more, sometimes I hear death knockin’ at my front door.”

“You never want anyone to know everything about you. It makes you too easy to classify.”

“Keep trying. Persistence and consistency is the best thing. As long as you keeping it real, and you keep trying, keep banging that wall and it will fall.”

“I can’t even see me wasting my time or my talent to disrespect another black man.”

“I hold grudges, but I can’t hate nobody; that’s not my nature.”

“I’ve been in the game for years, it made me an animal. It’s rules to this sh*t, I wrote me a manual. A step-by-step booklet for you to get, your game on track, not your wig pushed back.”

“I’m not a security-type person: I don’t want to have bodyguards around me. I’m not into all that.”

“If you don’t know, now you know.”

“How real can your music be if you wake up in the morning hearing birds and crickets? I never hear birds when I wake up. Just a lot of construction work, the smell of Chinese takeout, children screaming, and everybody knocking a different track from Ready to Die as they pass down the street.”

“I’m definitely a writer. I don’t even know how to freestyle.”

“This rule is so underrated: keep your family and business completely separated.”

“Excellence is my presence, never tense, never hesitant.”

“I’m a nice guy, but the fear keeps everybody on their toes. People sometimes mistake sweetness for weakness.”

“Even when I was wrong, I got my point across.”

“If you feel like it’s something you don’t have to do, you really have to question it.”

“I’m trying to get other n*ggas off the streets.”

“I can’t rhyme about being broke no more, I ain’t broke. I can’t rhyme about hustling in the streets no more ’cause I don’t hustle no more, you know? So it’s the life after. All that’s over with now, I ain’t hungry no more. Now it’s a new beginning, this the life after the death.”

“I got a lawyer to watch my lawyer.”

“I cleaned up my act, and I made this rap thing work for me. I thought people would respect me for that. But instead, it’s, ‘Oh, he’s sold all these records, and now he thinks he’s all that.'”

“I can’t never stop nobody, can’t knock nobody hustle.”

“Whatever you’re going to do, just do it for a reason. You know what I’m saying? Don’t be a fool and just sit back and do it because somebody else is doing it.”

“I’m livin’ every day like a hustle.”

Related: 2Pac quotes.

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