Biggie or Tupac: Whose Lyrics Are They?


By: Jouviane Alexandre

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We've long since squashed the beef of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry, but we're sparking it up temporarily for this battle between two of the best rappers. Can you pick the rapper from their lyrics? Let's find out!

"Hah, sicker than your average / Poppa twist cabbage off instinct."

"Hypnotize" was the first album released on The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 album and the last single released in his lifetime. The song would go on to top the Billboard Hot 100 at #1.


"Out on bail, fresh out of jail, California dreaming / Soon as I step on the scene, I'm hearing hoochies screaming."

"California Love" is the popular hit single from Tupac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


"I love it when you call me Big Poppa / Throw your hands in the air, if you's a true player."

One of the more iconic songs of his career, "Big Poppa" was released on the 1994 album "Ready to Die." The song was nominated for a Grammy and peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.


"17 years old, kicked out on the streets / Though back at the time I never though I'd see her face / Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place."

"Dear Mama" is a single that rapper Tupac released on his 1995 album "Me Against the World." The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #9.


"Makaveli in this, Killuminati / All through your body / That blows like a 12-gauge shotty, feel me!"

"Hail Mary" was a single released by Tupac Shakur under the stage name, Makaveli. The song was released in March 1997, six months after his death.


"You knew about me, the fake ID / Cases in Virginia, body in D.C. / Woe, oh is me, that's what I get for trickin'."

During his career, Biggie helped form the group Junior M.A.F.I.A. He was featured on the song "Get Money," which appeared on their debut album "Conspiracy." The song was released in 1995.


"Rule nombre uno: never let no one know / how much, dough you hold, cause you know / The cheddar breed jealously 'specially."

"Ten Crack Commandments" was the 5th track released on Disc 2 of The Notorious B.I.G.'s second album "Life After Death." The song features samples from artists Les McCann and Public Enemy.


"Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl / I let my tape rock 'til my tape pop."

"Juicy" was Biggie's debut single on his debut 1994 album "Ready to Die." The song topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts and peaked in the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.


"My team supreme, stay clean / Triple beam lyrical dream, I be that / Cat you see at all events bent."

"Mo Money Mo Problems" was the hit single by The Notorious B.I.G. that was released posthumously after his death. His second posthumous #1 single, the song also featured Mase and Puff Daddy.


"I see no changes, wake up in the morning and I ask myself / Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?"

Although recorded in 1992, "Changes" wasn't released as a single until 1998. The song features singer Talent, and can be found on Tupac's Greatest Hits album.


"Brenda wants to run away / Momma say, you making me lose pay / There's social workers here every day."

"Brenda's Got a Baby" was Tupac's debut single from his 1991 album "2Pacalyspe Now." The song tells about the plight of teen pregnancy in the ghetto.


"Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice / I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots."

"Keep Ya Head Up" is the 1993 single that Tupac released on his second album. The song has since been listed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a song that shaped rock.


"Prayin' hard for better days, promise to hold on / Me and my dwgs ain't have a choice but to roll on / We found a finally spot to kick it."

"Thugz Mansion" was a single released on Tupac's posthumous album "Better Dayz." The song has two recorded versions, the first of which features rapper Nas and singer, J. Phoenix. The second features singer Anthony Hamilton.


"Relax and take notes, while I take tokes of the marijuana smoke."

On the posthumous album "Born Again," you'll find the single "Dead Wrong" which features rapper, Eminem. The song made it into the Top 40 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.


"Wanna go to the Mosque, don't wanna chase tail / It seems I lost my little homie, he's a changed man / Hit the pen and now no sinnin' is the game plan."

"I Ain't Mad at Cha" is the 1996 single that rapper Tupac released on his album "All Eyez on Me," featuring singer Danny Boy.


"It don't make sense, goin' to heaven with the goodie-goodies / Dressed in white, I like black Tims and black hoodies."

"Suicidal Thoughts" is the 17th and final track released on Biggie Smalls' debut album released in 1994.


"Old school new school need to learn though / I burn baby burn like Disco Inferno."

"Who Shot Ya?" is the single from Biggie Smalls that first appears on the "Ready to Die" album. The track was thought to be a diss track to rapper Tupac after he was injured in a NYC shooting.


"Why you punch me in the face, stay in ya place / Play ya position, he come my intuition."

Released as a posthumous single, "Sky's the Limit" was a track from The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 album "Life After Death." The song features R&B group, 112.


"What's beef? Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep."

"What's Beef?" was the fifth track released on Biggie's 1997 "Life After Death" album. The song features samples from song by Al Green and Richard Evans.


"The opposite of peace sending Mom Duke a wreath / You're talking to the robbery expert / Stepping to your wake with blood on my shirt."

"Gimme the Loot" is the third single released from The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 album "Ready to Die." The song features samples from multiple songs, including singles by artists such as James Brown and Ice Cube.


"Your reign on the top was short like leprechauns / As I crush so-called willies, thugs, and rapper-dons."

"Kick in the Door" is the 4th single on The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 album "Life After Death." The song is said to be a diss track towards rappers Nas and Ghostface Killah.


"Back in elementary, I thrived on misery / Left me alone I grew up amongst a dying breed."

"So Many Tears" is the 1995 single from Tupac's album "Me Against the World." The song is featured in the Tupac biopic "All Eyez On Me" and made it into the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.


"Wanna dig you, and I can't even lie about it / Baby just alleviate your clothes, time to fly up out it."

"How Do U Want It" is the 1996 single from Tupac's album "All Eyez On Me." The song features singing duo KC and Jojo. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award at the 1997 award show.


"They heard about the Rolex's and the Lexus / with the Texas license plate outta state."

"Warning" was the 5th track and third single from Biggie's 1994 album "Ready to Die." The song samples "Walk on By" by Isaac Hayes.


"Ring, ring, ring, quiet y'all, incoming call / Plus this my homie from high school, he's getting by / It's time to bury another brother, nobody cry."

"Life Goes On" was the ninth track released on Tupac's popular 1996 album "All Eyez on Me." The song featured singer Stacey Smallie.


"Jealousy inside, make 'em wish I died / Oh my Lord, tell me what I'm livin' for."

"Only God Can Judge Me" is the 10th track on Tupac's 1996 album "All Eyez On Me." The song features Rappin' 4-Tay.


"She screams out, 'Honey bring me up somethin' to drink!' / He go back downstairs more time to think / Her brain racing, she's telling me to stay patient."

"I Got a Story to Tell" was the 12th track released on the 1997 Biggie album "Life After Death." The song is said to be about the late former NY Knick basketball player, Anthony Mason.


"'Cause, oh, they sweat a brother majorly / And I don't know why your girl keeps pagin' me."

"I Get Around" is the 1993 single from Tupac's second studio album. The song features Shock-G and Money-B and would also go on to feature on the rapper's Greatest Hits album.


"So many battlefield scars while driven in plush cars / This life as a rap star is nothing without guard."

"Ambitionz Az a Ridah" is the first track featured on Tupac's popular 1996 album "All Eyez on Me."


"If I could recollect before my hood days / I sit and reminisce, thinkin' of bliss and the good days."

"Ghetto Gospel" was another posthumous single released after the rapper's 1996 death. The song was released in 2005 on the album "Loyal to the Game." The song samples a previous Elton John single and features the U.K. singer.


"Our lifestyles be close captioned / Addicted to fatal attractions / Pictures of actions be played back."

"Smile" is the single from rapper Scarface's 1997 album. The song features Tupac, who recorded the song in August 1996, before his death.


"Loungin' at the barbecues, drinking brews / with the neighborhood crews, hangin' on the avenues."

"Things Done Changed" is the second track from Biggie's 1994 album "Ready to Die." A fan of using samples, the rapper uses samples from artists such as Biz Markie and Dr. Dre.


"Been know to disappear before your eyes just like a dope fiend / It seems, my main thing was to be major paid."

"All Eyez On Me" was a single released on Tupac's 1996 album of the same name. The single and album title went on to share the name of the Tupac biopic that was released in 2017.


"We keep on coming while we running for your jewels / Steady gunning, keep on busting at them fools."

In 1996, Tupac released the single "Hit 'Em Up" on the B-Side of the track "How Do U Want It." The song was a blatant diss at East Coast rapper, the Notorious B.I.G. and his crew, Junior M.A.F.I.A.


"I don't wanna live no more / Sometimes I hear death knocking at my front door."

"Everyday Struggle" was the 11th track featured on the 1994 album "Ready to Die" by East Coast rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. The song features samples from Dave Grusin and The Five Stairsteps.


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