Riff: The Notorious B.I.G. – “Respect”

Oct 3, 2013

Ten Months in this gut, what the fuck/I wish mom’s would hurry up so I could get buck/Wild, juvenile rippin’ mics and shit/New York, New York ready for the likes of this, uh

from Respect lyrics by The Notorious B.I.G.

All the sympathy in the world goes out to the mother of Christopher Wallace. He’s a big man, and he probably was a gigantic baby. So when Biggie says his mom was pregnant with him for ten months you can only imagine the strain on her back – like having a Volkswagen strapped to your gut. Respect indeed.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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