Yo! Check it out, straight from Brooklyn! Don’t be a stupid rapper, because a stupid rapper is a …. that has somebody else tell them what to do. Whatever you’re going to do, just do it for a reason don’t be the fool that just sits back and do because somebody else is doing it. I wanted to get in the game and get the big house and the cars with the pool, I wanted to do all that. And that’s one of the bad things about the game is, when you get launched, even your friends will turn against you man.
“Whatever you’re going to do, just do it for a reason don’t be the fool that just sits back and do because somebody else is doing it” – The Notorious B.I.G
Evan: He consistently ranks as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. When he released his debut album “Ready to Die” in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.
He’s the Notorious B.I.G. and here is my take on his Top 10 Rules for Success.
Rule number two is my personal favorite, and I’m curious to figure out which one you guys like the best, and as always, if he’s saying something that really resonates with you, please leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. Enjoy!
#1 Take Control
Take control of your Don’t be the type of rapper, don’t be a stupid rapper. A stupid rapper is a …. that has somebody else tell them what to do, which is not always wrong, but if it’s something that you feel that you don’t have to do, you really have to question it and find out why they want you to do it. Most niggas, they feel like, well, you see what Biggie’s doing, you know, he have the hat, the Kangol, and listen, you have to be like that. But if you don’t really want to be like that, you don’t have to be like that, you know what I’m saying? A lot of …. try to tell a nigga to do something so quick and give em examples of a …. that did it and blew up and make them think that they can do the same thing, which is not always necessarily true.
#2. Do It For A Reason
Whatever you going to do, just do it for a reason. Don’t be the fool that just sits back and do it cause somebody else is doing it, because the only thing they going to do is follow somebody else’s footsteps and you’re just going to be a shadow, who would be a shadow for the rest of their life you know what I’m saying?
If you got a little something that you know how to do, progress at it, keep trying, you know God knows what could happen, you know what I’m saying, you know that’s what I do. Just kept on rappin’, just happened to get to the right ears, you know what I’m sayin’?
“Don’t be the fool that just sits back and do it cause somebody else is doing it, because the only thing they going to do is follow somebody else’s footsteps and you’re just going to be a shadow, who would be a shadow for the rest of their life” – The Notorious B.I.G
#3. Dream Big
Man, I was just trying to do my thing man. I kind of knew what I didn’t want to do, I didn’t want to be that ghetto corner rapper. You know, when I had my dreams of gettin’ in the game, it wasn’t just to get in the game and still be on the corner like, you know.
I wanted to get in the game and get the big house and the cars with the pool. I wanted to do all that, you know, and I know in order to do all that there’s certain things that you have to do that just, a way you can pinch it off and just add your flavor to it. Me linkin’ up with Puff, the old familiar, old tracks, you know what I’m sayin’, that’s going to get the adult attention, you know what I’m sayin’.
It’s just the lyrics is going to get the younger dudes’ attention, so we blend them both. I mean hey, if they want to wear the Versace and the cool jeans and the Kangols and “Yeah Biggie Biggie,” it’s all good with me I ain’t got no problem with it.
#4. Master Your Game
[Narrator] Being a cat from Brooklyn and just being on the corner and being able to just spit something real quick and just murder that whole circle, you know that’s where you get your stripes and your stars.
♫ Yes it’s me, the B.I.G. ♫ Competition ripper ever since 13 ♫ Used to steal clothes I was considered a thief ♫ Until I started hustlin’ on Fulton Street ♫ Makin’ loot, knockin’ boots on the regular ♫ Pass the microphone I’m the perfect competitor ♫ Jewels and all that, my clothes is all that ♫ Chumps steppin’ to me, that’s where they took a fall at ♫ B.I.G. without burner, that’s unheard of ♫ I stay close to mine like Tina on Turner ♫ Quick to smother, a punk ♫ Undercover, word to mother, I’m above ya ♫ And I love ya, cause you’re a sweet bitch ♫ A crazy crab, that might make my dick itch ♫ I flow looser than Luther, words ya get used at ♫ B.I.G. is a born trooper ♫ Like ice cream I scoop ya, my music you want to get loose at ♫ Stay pimp, and I’m not a booster ♫ So what’cha got to say? This mackin’ word is bond ♫ There’s no other assumption, I got it going on ♫ I’m not conceited, my friends tell me this ♫ Even my mother, be noddin’ her head to this ♫ Makes her proud to see her one son get loud ♫ Flip on a sucker, and bow to the crowd ♫ Drink a little Hennessy, ♫ Smoke a blunt or two or three or four ♫ Live in action, guaranteed raw you dumb ass
#5. Be Hungry
[Puff] Read the plaque.
Read the plaque for the people
[Puffy] Represent. We get the plaques man. Ready to die, double platinum. Aight?
We just, we going to keep trying to feed our families you know what I’m sayin’, it’s a job, it ain’t nothin’ where somebody just felt like doing or they didn’t, you know what I’m sayin’. We was hungry. Everybody got to eat. 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. Just representing my peoples, my borough, and my family and I’m aight.
#6. Stay Postive
I’m just trying to be that straight dude, I done went through so much you know, being in the streets or whatever I done been through so much, my mom’s done been through so much.
“The negativity just brings failure” – The Notorious B.I.G
It feels good to just have her at ease you know what I’m sayin’ you know, her son is cool and keen in the streets doin’ no wrong and tryin’ to make it happen. I got to stay on the positive vibe, all my people’s got to stay on the positive vibe, you know? The negativity just brings failure, you know? And we ain’t trying to fail in this game, we trying to succeed.
#7. Put Your Family First
[Interviewer] Is your family the most important thing for you?
Yeah, at this time right now yeah. I mean I ain’t going to lie, at one point the music was more important because I knew that if I did good in the music I could take care of my family a lot better. So I was more pushing towards making sure the music was tight, making sure every show
I did was right and just trying to get as much money as I could so I could take care of my family. Now that the job is basically done, I can chill. My wife’s album is about to come out in maybe a month or two, so I can just chill and just watch her, you know just chill with her.
#8. Bring Energy
♫ To all the ladies in the place with style and grace ♫ Allow me to lace these lyrical douches, in your bushes ♫ Who rock grooves and make moves with all the mommies ♫ The back of the club, sippin’ Moet, ♫ is where you’ll find me ♫ The back of the club, mackin’ hoes, my crew’s behind me ♫ Mad question askin’, blunt passin’, music blastin’
To me, I like the live stuff better than the stuff on the album ’cause the stuff on the album seems more relaxed. You got to have a certain tone, you know what I’m sayin.
Puff baby like don’t get too excited just chill, let it flow. But when you on stage, sweat pouring down I’m a big one too, sweat be drenching. I just be representin’, you know what I’m sayin’? Just doing my thing.
#9. Create Magic
Matty C: When I first heard B.I.G.’s demo the first few bars of B.I.G’s demo I felt the second coming of Big Daddy Kane. (rapping)
Sean “Diddy” Combs: From the first time I heard Notorious B.I.G. was from a demo tape that I got from Mattie C from The Source Magazine and I called him, and I told him I was looking for some new talent I wanted something real, real raw. And he said, “It’s crazy, but I have “something that’s incredible.”
Snoop Dogg: The first time that I heard B.I.G. was on a Super Cat record with him and Puff. It was dope to me, ’cause you know what I’m sayin’ I like Super Cat and you know I ain’t never heard cuz get at it before so it was like a different voice, a different sound but it was fly to me once I seen the video. Seeing what he looks like, our eyes approach but I was like, yeah he sharp, he slick. He’d be a rapper that I would like to get to know, you know what I’m talking about?
Nas: I mean what B.I.G. did was he simplified the most intelligent things, he put them in layman’s terms that people would understand. B.I.G. was definitely like the Professor of how it should be done. And if you a student of rap you got to listen to him. And as you could hear it in everybody’s music everybody’s been citing Biggie’s rhymes. Me, everybody.
T.I.: He say whatever he wants to say and it’s put together so well you know, like What’d he say, “You can consider my career like Mike’s, anyone, Tyson, Jordan, Jackson, Action, Pac– (beep) Ridiculous, you know what I’m sayin like that? That kind of (beep) like this, for rappers that do (beep) like that and come up with that kind of thought provoking word play is far and few between.
DJ Enuff: I never seen him jot anything down. I’ve never seen him. When the sample was looped up, he was just sitting down there like Had his eyes closed, he’d do this nasty thing with his ear like (puckering) and then he’d just start spittin’ and I was like, “Holy (beep). “That’s sort of magic.”
#10: Mo Money Mo Problem
[Interviewer] You open every show with Warning, one of your big songs right now. How much are you exaggerating which you now, rapper of people coming to get you?
I ain’t exaggerating at all man, that’s real son. That’s real yo. I ain’t exaggerating at all man. The mo’ money you make, the mo’ problems you get. And jealousy and envy is just something that comes with the territory man. A lot of people with just negative energy.
Like my man Puff say, it just surrounds you and it makes you depressed, you know? So, I got a rap about it, and that’s one of the bad things about the game is when you get launched, even your friends will turn against you man. So I made a song about it.
[Interviewer] But I mean how real is your fear that people constantly comin’ and want to shoot you.
I mean, that’s real. I mean, I think about that every day. Every day it’s real. That’s how real it is. I think somebody is trying to kill me. I be waking up paranoid, I be really scared. I just be paro. That’s just the way I am. You know, you be seeing me scared to death.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I made this video because Derek Taylor asked me to, so if there is a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it down in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know what did he say that had the biggest impact on you, on your business, on your life. What changes are you going to make after watching this video? Please leave in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
Finally, I wanted to give a quick shout-out to Jon D. Webster, Jon, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book and making that awesome YouTube video about it. I really, really, really appreciate it.
Evan inspired me to write my sixth book which is a self help book, seriously love that guy.
So thank you guys again for watching I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself and remember, Your one word is Much love, I’ll see you soon!
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