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

Oct 3, 2013

Far from the inventor, but I got this rap shit sewed/And when my Mac unloads/I’m guaranteed another video/Ready to die, why I act that way?/Pop Duke left Mom Duke/The faggot took the back way

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

Leave it to Method Man to give Biggie the companionship he needs to finally relax, a smoke buddy who helps break the tension. It’s an effortless exchange between the two, but hidden within the good natured riffing is a revelation, the answer to why Biggie is so hellbent on self-destruction; [LISTEN].

Riff by Jeff Min

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

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