Bite Me [Feature From the March 2012 Issue]

As much as hip-hop is marked by constant innovation, it’s heavily reliant on borrowing. From samples to styles, the culture is entrenched in reinvention. So, too, are certain rappers’ lyrics, which are regularly regurgitated by other MCs. And no street scribe’s words have been bitten more frequently than The Notorious B.I.G.

B.I.G.-biting doesn’t discriminate. Artists from all walks of life and levels of success have done it: MCs from 2Pac, Jay-Z and 50 Cent to Nicki Minaj, J. Cole and Mac Miller have mimicked a verbal blueprint set by Biggie in their own rhymes.

In honor of the 15 years since The Notorious B.I.G.’s passing, XXL put together a list of the 100 most-bitten Biggie lyrics of all time. Some lines are exact replicas deliberately paying homage, and some are slick tweaks and subtle acknowledgements of a job well done. But one thing they all share is the ability to keep Biggie Smalls’ memory and legacy alive. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)

“When the Remy’s in the system, ain’t no tellin’/Will I fuck ’em? Will I diss ’em? That’s what these hoes yellin’/I’m a pimp by blood, not relation/Y’all still chase ’em, I’ll replace ’em, huh” —“The World Is Filled” (1997)

“When the Remy’s in the system, ain’t no tellin’/Will I fuck ’em? Will I diss ’em? That’s what they be yellin’/I’m a pimp by blood, not relation/Y’all be chasin’, I replace them, huh?” —Jay-Z, “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” (2000)

“Gonna blast, squeeze first ask questions last/That’s how most of these so-called gangsters pass” —“Hypnotize” (1996)

“That’s why I squeeze first ask questions last/That’s how most of these so-called gangstas pass” —Jay-Z, “Squeeze 1st” (2000)

“Thou shalt not fuck with nor see Poppa/Feel a thousand deaths when I drop ya” —“Who Shot Ya” (1995)

“Thou shalt not fuck with raw me, or he/Face a thousand deaths from Mr. Shawn Corey” —Jay-Z, “Squeeze 1st” (2000)

“Thou shalt not fuck with, nor see Poppa/50 Cent, I’ll break yo’ punk ass off proper” —50 Cent, “The Realest” (2003)

“Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns” —“Kick in the Door” (1997)

“Your reign on the top was shorter than leprechauns” —Jay-Z, “The Ruler’s Back” (2001)

“Think about it while in the streets you roam/It’s Dom Ps and Crysties in the fridge when you get home” —“You to Be (Be Happy)” (1995)

“Think about it while the streets you roam/It’s Dom P and Armie in the fridge when you get home” —Jay-Z feat. R. Kelly, “Break Up (That’s All We Do)” (2004)

“Think about it while the streets you roam/Fuck around, won’t be shit in the crib when you get home” —Foxy Brown, “Pretty Girl Bullshit” (2003)

“’Cause I see some ladies tonight who should be having my baby, baby” —“Big Poppa” (1994)

“’Cause I see some ladies tonight that should be hangin’ wit Jay-Z, Jay-Z”
—Jay-Z, “Excuse Me Miss” (2002)

“’Cause I see some ladies tonight/That I could give a condom, 3 babies tonight” —Diddy, “Fake Thugs Dedication” (1999)

“’They like, ‘Damn, shorty could get it’/And I may be crazy, but I see some ladies tonight that should be drinkin’ my babies, baby”
—Fabolous, “Get Right” (2001)

“Isn’t this great? Your flight leaves at 8/Her flight lands at 9, my game just rewinds” —“One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)” (1995)

“Isn’t this great? My flight leaves at 8/Her flight lands at 9, my game just rewinds” —Jay-Z, “Girls, Girls, Girls Pt. 2” (2001)

“On the road to riches and diamond rings/Real niggas do real things/Hangin’ wit’ the bitches is the song I sing/Real niggas do real things” —“Real Niggas” (1995)

“On the road to riches, and diamond rings/Real niggas do real things/Hangin’ with the honeys is the song I sing/Real niggas do real things” —Jay-Z, “Real Niggaz” (1997)

“The prettiest people do the ugliest things/For the road to riches and diamond rings” —Kanye West, “All Falls Down” (2004)

“I’m a real G, real Gs do real things/And I can keep a secret is the song that I sing” —Fat Joe, “I Won’t Tell” (2007)

“A lime to a lemon, my D.C. women” —“Unbreakable” (2001)

“Yes, a lime to a lemon, my VA women” —Jay-Z, “Fuck All Night” (2002)

“Thug nigga ’til the end, tell a friend, bitch” —“Friend of Mine” (1994)

“Thug nigga ’til the end, tell a friend, bitch” —Jay-Z, “So Ghetto” (1999)

“Some Creole C.O. bitches I met on tour” —“You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” (1997)

“I got Creole C.O. bitches for my niggas” —Jay-Z, “Blue Magic” (2007)

“Burn slow like blunts with yayo” —“Who Shot Ya?” (1995)

“Burn slow like blunts with yayo” —Jay Electronica, “Call of Duty” (2011)

“More guns than roses, foes is shaking in their boots/Invisible bully like the Gooch” —“Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)” (1994)

“Tote more guns than roses, foes is/Visibly shook of the invisible bully, let’s go” —Jay-Z, “Guns & Roses” (2002)

“Blocka, Roc-a-Fella, Bad Boy collabo/Two MCs with mad dough, you know?” —“I Love the Dough” (1997)

“Blocka, Roc-A, M.O.P. collabo/Front on us and gats blow, you know?” —Jay-Z, “4 Alarm Blaze” (1998)

“I don’t chase ’em, I replace ’em” —“One More Chance” (1993)

“I don’t love ’em, I fuck ’em/I don’t chase ’em, I duck ’em” —Memphis Bleak feat. Jay-Z, “Is That Yo Chick” (1999)

“I don’t love ’em, I don’t chase ’em/I duck ’em” —Wiz Khalifa, “Mezmorized” (2009)

“You’ll want that old thing back” —“Want That Old Thing Back” (2006)

“She wants that old thing back” —Jay-Z, “I Know” (2002)

  • stereokiller

    JAY-Z owes Ms. Wallace and Tionna and Chris some publishing.. made a career off using big lines even to start your verses??!! damn shame.

  • francis nasim

    im the truest eastside since big c-style”yaw dont got no love for doctor dre and snoop dogg?” well let it be known them we know where we at.yaw aint got no love for the west? im from philly man hang up the phone don’t be tellin nobody im here.—okay!

  • L

    I guess nas was right, how many biggies rhymes is gonna come out his fat lips

  • a

    2pac never bite a biggie verse

    • RAKIMTHEGREAT

      completely agree ‘pac never took any of biggie rhymes.and some of the rhymes posted here are not biggie’s verses case in point “slicker than your average” is not like biggie invented the dictionary.yall need stop riding on biggie dick and realise that the most bited emcee is rakim(who influenced biggie).BIGGIE IS NOTHING BUT AN OVERWEIGHT OVERRATED KOOL G RAP IMITATOR.and just because pple copy your rhymes doesn’t make u great.i mean many people copied soulja boys style does that make him great??

  • blair lowther

    has jay-z ever written his own stuff. I wonder how original any of his stuff is now. If they break his songs down and see who he took everything from I bet he ends up 5% original.

  • Watz

    real talk possibly the most bitten rapper in hip hop history, but a couple that were missed, …’ its the N-O-T-O-R-I-O-U-S u just lay down slow’ – going back to cali & its the N-O-T-O-R-I-O-U-S u just lay down slow’ – ja rule – things gone change …. then theres ….’All those rings and things you speak about Bring ‘em out, Its hard to yell when the barrels in ya mouth’ – bring em out bring em out, its hard to yell when the bar-els in your mouth – jay z – bring em out , biggie was ahead of his time and still relevant today!

  • SmokeyRebelz

    I have dreams of fuckin’ that R n’ B bitch, but I wake early and bounce with all her shit – 50 cent ‘How to rob’…?

  • BaddBro

    Biggie and Pac both Legendary and now Gone… There was and still so much more to the demise then some east coast west cost fight… SMH… Trust me, it went far beyond that and is still being covered up!

  • tumi

    Damn Jigga

  • Yogunna

    Yea Like Half Of Jay Z lyrics Are Biggie’s How much of Biggie’s rhymes is gonna come out your fat lips **Nas Voice**

  • Mr. West

    Are you kidding me? Game catches SHIT ALL DAY cuz of his clever and sometimes not so clever name drooping/shout outs, but Jay is able to call himself “The Greatest” off of biting Biggies rhymes.

    Dont get me wrong I Be bumping Jay’s shit too but C’mon Maan that just aint right.

    Also people bite BIG cuz its possible to roll with that energy, witch is money and excess.
    2Pac on the other hand is beyond the status of G.O.A.T. and meant “RIDE OR DIE” when he was yelling that shit, regardless of what people say about him being a ACTOR playing the role.

    Pac is the real blueprint to what all these current rappers want to be good movie actor, skilled rapper, thug, gangster,DON,ex-convict, victim, violence, charismatic,honest, popular, poet.