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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)

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