10 Greatest Lyrics and Lines From one of The Greatest Hip Hop Artists of All Time.

The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. The Notorious B.I.G. is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.

The Notorious B.I.G. grew up in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He released his debut album “Ready to Die” in 1994 and helped New York and East Coast rap rise to prominence when hip hop was primarily dominated by West Coast Hip Hop artists.  The Notorious B.I.G. became a central figure in the East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud.

On March 9, 1997, The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.


It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine/Salt-N-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine/Hangin’ pictures on my wall/Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Then I’m dipping up the block and I’m robbing bitches too/Up the herringbones and bamboos/I wouldn’t give a fuck if you’re pregnant/Give me the baby rings and the No. 1 mom pendant.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Who the fuck is this? Paging me at 5:46/In the morning, crack of dawn and/Now I’m yawning, wipe the cold out my eye/See who’s this paging me and why?

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Straight up, honey, really I’m askin’/Most of these niggas think they be mackin’, but they be actin’/Who they attractin’ with that line/’What’s your name? What’s your sign?’/Soon as he buy that wine, I just creep up from behind/And ask what your interests are, who you be with/Things that make you smile, what numbers to dial.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


And those that rushes my clutches get put on crutches/Get smoked like dutches from the master/Hate to blast you but I have to, you see I smoke a lot/Your life is played out like Kwame and them fucking polka dots, who rock the spot, Biggie/You know how the weed go, unbelievable.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


So instead of making hoes suck my dick up/I used to do stick-ups, cause hoes is irritating like the hiccups/Excuse me, flows just grow through me/Like trees to branches, cliffs to avalanches/It’s the praying mantis, deep like the mind of Farrakhan/A motherfucking rap phenomenon.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis/When I was dead broke, man, I couldn’t picture this/50-inch screen, money green leather sofa/Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur/Phone bill about two G’s flat/No need to worry, my accountant handles that/And my whole crew is lounging/Celebrating every day, no more public housing.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


When I die, fuck it, I wanna go to hell/Cause I’m a piece of shit, it ain’t hard to fucking tell/It don’t make sense, going to heaven with the goodie-goodies/Dressed in white, I like black Timbs and black hoodies/God’ll prolly have me on some real strict shit/No sleeping all day, no getting my dick licked/Hanging with the goodie-goodies lounging in paradise/Fuck that shit, I wanna tote guns and shoot dice.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


I put hoes in NY onto DKNY/Miami, D.C. prefer Versace/All Philly hoes, go with Moschino/Every cutie wit a booty bought a Coogi.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns/As I crush so-called willies, thugs, and rapper-dons/Get in that ass, quick fast, like Ramadan/It’s that rap phenomenon Don Dada, fuck Poppa/You got to call me Francis M.H. White/Intake light tokes, tote iron/Was told in shootouts, stay low and keep firin.’

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Some say the X, make the sex Spec-tacular/Make me lick you from yo’ neck to your back, then ya/Shivering, tongue delivering/Chills up that spine, that ass is mine/Skip the wine and the candlelight, no Cristal tonight/If it’s all right with you, we fuckin’ (that’s cool).

— The Notorious B.I.G.


See me, B that is, I that is, G whiz/Motherfuckers still in my biz/Don’t they know my nigga Gutter fuckin’ kidnap kids/Fuck ’em in the ass, throw ’em over the bridge/That’s how it is, my shit is laid out/Fuck that beef shit, that shit is played out.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Today’s agenda, got the suitcase up in the Sentra/Go to room 112, tell them Blanco sent ya/Feel the strangest, if no money exchanges/I got these kids in Ranges, to leave them niggas brainless.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


The shit she kicked, all the shit’s legit/She get dick from a player off the New York Knicks/Nigga tricked ridiculous, the shit was plush/She’s stressin me to fuck, like she was in a rush/We fucked in his bed, quite dangerous/I’m in his ass while he playin gainst the Utah Jazz/My 112, CD blast, I was past/She came twice I came last, roll the grass.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


I make yo’ mouthpiece obese like Della Reese/When I release, you lose teeth like Lil’ Cease/Nigga please, blood floods your dungarees/And that’s just the half of my warpath/Laugh now cry later, I rhyme greater/Than the average playa hater, and spectators/Buy my CD twice; they see me in the streets/They be like, ‘Yo he nice, but that’s on the low though.’

— The Notorious B.I.G.


If the game shakes me or breaks me/I hope it makes me a better man, take a better stand/Put money in my mom’s hand/Get my daughter this college grant so she don’t need no man/Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it/And live the phrase ‘Sky’s the limit.’

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Number six, that goddamn credit? Dead it/You think a crackhead paying you back, shit forget it!/Seven, this rule is so underrated/Keep your family and business completely separated/Money and blood don’t mix like two dicks and no bitch/Find yourself in serious shit.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Spit your game, talk your shit/Grab your gat, call your clique/Squeeze your clip, hit the right one/Pass that weed, I got to light one/All them niggas, I got to fight one/All them hoes, I got to like one/Our situation is a tight one/What you gonna do: fight or run?

— The Notorious B.I.G.


Who shot ya? Separate the weak from the obsolete/Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets/It’s on nigga, fuck all that bickering beef/I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek/Your heartbeat sound like Sasquatch feet/Thundering, shaking the concrete/Then the shit stop when I foil the plot/Neighbors call the cops, said they heard mad shots.

— The Notorious B.I.G.


I don’t wanna rape ya, I just want the paper/The Visa, kapeesha? I’m out like The Vapors/Who’s the one you call Mr. Macho?/The head honcho, swift fist, like Camacho/I got so much style I should be down with the Stylistics/’Make up to break up’/Niggas need to wake up/Smell the Indonesia, beat you to a seizure/Then fuck your moms, hit the skins to amnesia.

— The Notorious B.I.G.




Stay far from timid only make moves when you’re heart’s in it, and live the phrase the sky’s the limit. — The Notorious B.I.G. 


Damn right I like the life I live,
Cause I went from negative to positive. — The Notorious B.I.G.


First comes the cash, then comes the ass, then come big blunts with chunks of hash. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Excellence is my presence. Never tense, never hesitant. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Never let them know your next move. — The Notorious B.I.G.


If the game shakes me or breaks me, I hope it makes me a better man. — The Notorious B.I.G.


We can’t change the world until we change ourselves. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Sky is the limit and you know that you keep on,
Just keep on pressin on.
Sky is the limit and you know that you can have
what you want, be what you want. — The Notorious B.I.G.


This rule is so underrated:
Keep your family and business completely separated. — The Notorious B.I.G.


If I wasn’t in the rap game,
I’d probably have a key knee-deep in the crack game.
Because the streets is a short stop:
Either you’re slinging crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Climb the ladder to success escalator style. — The Notorious B.I.G.


If you don’t love yourself, I’ll make you see your own heart. — The Notorious B.I.G.


To all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothing. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Move over Lucifer, I’m more ruthless, leave you toothless. — The Notorious B.I.G.


It’s like the more money we come across / the more problems we see. — The Notorious B.I.G.


When you read magazines and you see everybody having fun, you think, ‘okay, that’s where I want to be.’ But once you get in it and you achieve the success that you want, it seems like that’s where the player hating starts. You know that’s where everybody’s like, ‘Well it’s not all that. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I’m living everyday like a hustle. Another drug to juggle. Another day, another struggle. — The Notorious B.I.G.


And everything you get, ya gotta work hard for it. — The Notorious B.I.G.


My mind’s my 9, my pen’s my Mac-10.
My target? All you wack niggaz who started rappin’. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Never get high on your own supply. — The Notorious B.I.G.



Armed and dangerous, ain’t too many can bang with us
Straight up weed no angel dust, label us Notorious
Thug ass niggaz that love to bust, it’s strange to us
Y’all niggaz be scramblin, gamblin
Up in restaraunts with mandolins, and violins
We just sittin here tryin to win, tryin not to sin
High off weed and lots of gin
So much smoke need oxygen, steadily countin them Benjamins. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Never trust nobody, your moms will set your ass up. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Please, all you MCs out there, all you fans out there, don’t think Big gonna make a record dissing 2Pac or the West Coast because it’s not going down like that. I cant even see me wasting my time or my talent to disrespect another black man. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I’m basically different things to different people. If it’s a guy, I’m-a 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. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis. When I was dead broke, man, I couldn’t picture this. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Never let no one know how much dough you hold. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Stop, look, listen. I spit on your grave, then I grab my Charles Dickens. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Lyrically I’m supposed to represent,
I’m not only the client, I’m the player president. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Rappers can’t sleep, need sleepin’,
B.I.G. keep creepin’,
Bullets heat-seekin’,
Casualties need treatin’,
Dumb rappers need teachin’. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns,
As I crush so-called Willies, thugs, and rapper-dons. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Rappin bout blunts and broads,
Tits and bras, ménage à trois, sex in expensive cars… — The Notorious B.I.G.


Won’t cha…picture life as my wife, just think:
Full length mink, fat X and O links,
Bracelets to match, conversation was all that,
Showed you the safe combinations and all that.
Guess you could say you’s the one I trusted…
Who would ever think that you would spread like mustard? — The Notorious B.I.G.


I mean even though we were going through our drama
I would never wish death on nobody, you know what I’m sayin’
Because there ain’t no coming back from that. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I never wish death on nobody, cause there ain’t coming back from that. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Old school new school need to learn though I burn baby, burn like Disco Inferno Burn slow like blunts with ya-yo Peel more skins than Idaho potato. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Relax and take notes while I take tokes of the marijuana smoke. — The Notorious B.I.G.


There’s gonna be a lot of slow singing and flower bringing
If my burglar alarm starts ringing. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I mean everything’s a lot more smoother. It’s just calm. IN the beginning, I had the typical attitude of a young rapper makin money… ya know I was the partyin guy… I was the guy wit the girls… all the extra that came wit the game…it’s up to the artist to know when to say when. You can’t live that kind of lifestyle forever. …I learn from the other people’s mistake. I know when to say no. You learn to make the right decisions and pick the right choices. That’s all that’s really changed. — The Notorious B.I.G.


While your guns raisin’, mine is blazin’. — The Notorious B.I.G.


You’re nobody ’til somebody kills you. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Forgive me for my disrespect, forgive me for my lies. — The Notorious B.I.G.


As soon as she hit the door we start blastin’, I saw her brains hit the floor, raw laughin’. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Mo’ money, mo’ problems. — The Notorious B.I.G.


What happens on that corner happens on every corner. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek
Your heartbeat sound like Sasquatch feet
Thundering, shaking the concrete. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Growing up in the streets of Bed-Stuy, it was hard, yo. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I mean, it’s not just the rappers, you know what i’m saying? People want to attack anybody that’s a large figure, you know what I’m saying? They did it to [Michael] Jordan, they did it to [Mike] Tyson, they did it to Bill Cosby, you know what I’m saying? They’re gonna’ attack you if you on top. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Even when I was wrong, I got my point across. — The Notorious B.I.G.


You and your friends…always together,
No time for the B-I-G, so I’m O-U-T.
The sex was great, but the headaches I can’t take.
I think I made a very big mistake. — The Notorious B.I.G.


All I know is gold and platinum, and I want to be platinum. — The Notorious B.I.G.


When I release, you loose teeth. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I’m slamming n***as like Shaquille, s**t is real
When it’s time to eat a meal, I rob and steal. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I had gone to jail, but I wasn’t gettin’ locked up for drugs then. I was gettin’ locked up for guns. My moms kept finding guns and stuff in my room and she was gettin’ more scared. — The Notorious B.I.G.


The second time I went to jail, I was like, ‘okay, this is not the move.’ — The Notorious B.I.G.


I guess I was a combination of House of Pain and Bobby Brown:
I was humpin’ around and jumpin’ around! — The Notorious B.I.G.


You’re either slangin’ crack rock, or you got a wicked jumpshot… — The Notorious B.I.G.


I’m making music for the people. If y’all love the music, y’all gonna buy the music. — The Notorious B.I.G.


We be tight like frogs ass. — The Notorious B.I.G.


She used my toothbrush to clean the toilet. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I can’t never stop nobody, can’t knock nobody hustle. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Revenge be the dish I serve to cats cold. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Going shopping all the time. Just making money, and competing with the niggas in other neighborhoods. And the whole competition with the girls – who had the prettiest girlfriend – and going partying. It was just on. It was fun! — The Notorious B.I.G.


I’m lonely! I’m bored! — The Notorious B.I.G.


My real life helped me sell a lot of records. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Blowin’ up is nothing to me. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Birfdays was the worst days,
Now we sip champagne when we thirstay uh. — The Notorious B.I.G.


The green tempts me to make the rich the enemy, and take their cheese. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Mariah Carey is kinda scary. — The Notorious B.I.G.


The lesson from the smith and wesson is depressin’. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Sticks and stones may break bones, but the Gat will kill you quicker. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I’m a thug, but I swear for three days I cried. — The Notorious B.I.G.


We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us
No heat. Wonder why Christmas missed us
Birthdays was the worst days
Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Play the charts like the Beatles. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Get ready to die, tell God I say hi. — The Notorious B.I.G.


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’. — The Notorious B.I.G.


The hustlers on the corner were my role models. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I’m trying to get other niggas off the streets. — The Notorious B.I.G.


I heard about crack on the news and I was like, “Oh, that’s what the niggas must be doing.” And when I kept coming outside, I was doing my own little jostlin’ to get my money. — The Notorious B.I.G.


My mom is from Jamaica and she was going to school in the morning, and in the evening she was working, and at night she would go to night school and then come in and go to sleep. So she would never watch the news and stuff like that and she didn’t know what crack was. She didn’t know nothing about it, but when I told her I was selling crack, she threatened to kick me out of the house. And then I just started paying for stuff – paying her bills and giving her money, so she’d just tell me to be careful because there was nothing she could do to stop it. — The Notorious B.I.G.


Chaka, I know that pussy hairy. Sade, ooooh, I know that pussy tight. — The Notorious B.I.G.


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 Notorious B.I.G.