Ludacris breaks down Biggie’s ‘Ten Crack Commandments’ for GQ; Photo: YouTube/GQ


Rapper Ludacris recently broke down his favorite rap lyrics of all time in a video curated by GQ.

Before we go any further, I should point out that he is now the new host of MTV’s Fear Factor, which may or may not alter your view of his legitimacy. Despite this, he’s still a rapper and has good rap taste.

He comes out of the gate with the “greatest four bars in rap ever,” he says.

They’re from C-Murder‘s “Akickdoe!:”

This game fucked up
I ain’t got no friends
I done spent my last 70,000 dollars on a drop-top Benz
Ugh, and I’m a trill n***a
Down to put a forty-five to his Hilfiger

But why does Ludacris think these are the best words in rap history?

“Just because he meant every G******n word that he said,” he explained.

“When you get in this rap game,” he continues, “you start to lose friends. You have success, you start to get money. Money and friends — it’s very difficult to mix business and pleasure.”

He explained that the line “I done spent my last 70,000 dollars on a drop-top Benz” is about living like tomorrow isn’t promised to you yet, and that’s what C-Murder meant.

Other songs he picks apart include “Wood Wheel” by UGK, “Elevators” by Outkast, and “‘Till I Collapse” by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg.

Ludacris points out that in the latter song, Eminem is talking about how, even if a rapper sells a million records, if he doesn’t have respect from other rappers, it’s worthless.

The bars he’s referencing are:

‘Cause I don’t really think that the fact that I’m Slim matters
A plaque and platinum status is wack if I’m not the baddest

“It doesn’t matter how many records you sell, if you don’t have respect in this game, then it means absolutely nothing,” he said.

Clearly, all of the rappers Ludacris praises in this video have earned respect.