The Notorious BreakDown BY Vic Da Ruler


Hip Hop fans don’t realize that Subliminals have always had a place in hip hop. There have always been a Competitive nature among the bloodsport. It’s always had been about machismo, Who’s the flyest, Who’s the better emcee and who’s the king. That aspect of the game has brought out the best and what many people don’t know is that there have been many records with hidden jabs and battles going amongst many emcees.

Subliminal records have always been considered healthy competition and has always been the key ingredient for artists to bring their A game to the table.The subliminal style of dissing was also the way to show off a real strong skill-set of certain caliber rappers and test out their true cleverness.

There have been instances where the battles have been direct(Nas and JayZ) or led to where names are being called(Tupac’s Hit Em Up) .Whatever the case maybe, Battling within hip hop has always been associated with the Gladiator mentality and Since Kendrick Lamar sparked the competitive spirit, I’m gonna take the time throughout to break down Verses that were thrown indirectly within battles or were overlooked starting with the Notorious B.I.G.


When Ready to Die became a monster hit of an album and reached platinum status, It not only brought back life in the East Coast but showcased Biggie’s star potential. Biggie’s rise in the rap game at the time was often respected but was also meant with total disdain among his peers. People didn’t take highly of him calling himself the King of New York and many also weren’t fond of the fact that he copied the Ready to Die cover from Nas’s Illmatic by using the baby picture.

Biggie became a target to many rappers among the game since Ready to Die blew up. Some were indirect(Nas) and some were open(Tupac) with their disses towards him. So with his Life After Death album, He addressed everyone but not saying anyone’s names. Biggie started throwing subliminal s and throwing jabs at pretty much everyone whom said anything about him while he was away from the game for two years.

The interesting part about it was that Biggie’s responses went over MANY people’s heads. Well for this portion of the article, I’m gonna breakdown the lines, the metaphors and the Subliminal s within some of the main tracks off Life After Death. Starting with the breakdown of Kick in the Door:



Your reign on the top was short like leprechaun’s
As I crush so-called willies, thugs, and rapper-dons
(This was aimed at Nas claiming that his reign on top was very short)

Was told in shootouts, stay low and keep firing’

(Reference to Nas’s song Shootout’s off It Was Written)

You herbs get stuck quickly for royalties and show money
Don’t forget the publishing, I punish em, I’m done with them
Son, I’m surprised you run with them
I think they got cum in them cause they nothing but dicks

(The lines about herbs getting stuck quickly for royalties and show money was aimed at Starang Wondah of the OGC of whom was robbed and beat down by the Junior Mafia Click for his video mocking them)

Son, I’m surprised you run with them
I think they got cum in them cause they nothing but dicks

(These were aimed at DJ Premier for rolling with Jeru da Damaja and the Gangstarr Foundation who was dissing Bad Boy at the time)

[Verse Three]
This goes out for those that choose to use
Disrespectful views on the King of N-Y
Fuck that, why try, throw bleach in your eye
Now ya brailling it, snatch that light shit, I’m scaling it
Conscious of ya nonsense, in eighty-eight
Sold more powder than Johnson and Johnson
Tote steel like Bronson, “Vigilante”
You wanna get on son, you need to ask me
Ain’t no other kings in this rap thing
They siblings, nothing but my children
One shot they disappearing’
It’s ill when MC’s used to be on cruddy shit
Took home, “Ready to Die,” listened, studied shit
Now they on some money shit, successful out the blue
They light weight, fragile, my nine milli
Make the whites shake, that’s why my money never funny

(These lines were aimed at Nas and Raekwon. The Wu made a reference to Bleach ya Eye on Cuban Linx and the Disrespectful Views on the King of NY was a response to Nas’s claim to King on the track The Message. He claimed that Nas listened to Ready to die, Studied it and became on some money shit which was why his followup album It Was Written was more commercial oriented than the hardcore NY grimy sound of Illmatic)


Notorious 4


Armed and dangerous, ain’t too many can bang with us
Straight up weed – no angel dust, label us “Notorious”
Thug ass niggas that love to bust; it’s strange to us
Y’all niggas be scrambling, gambling
Up in restaurants with mandolins and violins

(Referring to the Wu as dust heads and the skits in Cuban Linx with the restaurant skit)

Been in this shit since ’92
Look at all the bullshit I been through!
So-called beef with you-know-who
(Referring to the beef with Tupac)

“Cash Rules Everything Around Me”
Shit…lyrically, niggas can’t see me
Fuck it, buy the coke
Cook the coke, cut it
Know the bitch ‘fore you caught yourself loving it
Nigga with a Benz fuckin’ it
Doesn’t it seem odd to you?
Big come through with mobs and crews
Goodfellas down to the Mo’ Thugs dudes
Who’s the killer, me or you?

(The C.R.E.A.M. reference was directed towards Wu Tang’s with their hit song and a direct response to Raekwon for the Shark Biting skit. The references to dust and coke were also mentioned heavily on Cuban Linx II along with the Mafia imagery. The Who’s the Killer line was also aimed at Wu Tang because they used the Theme from the John Woo movie The Killer to open up Strive for Perfection for Cuban Linx)

Long Kiss GoodNight



Nigga please, blood floods your Dungarees
And that’s just the half of my warpath
Laugh now cry later, I rhyme greater
Than the average playa hater, and spectator
Buy my CD twice; they see me in the streets
They be like, “Yo he nice, but that’s on the low though”
Be the cats with no dough, tried to play me at my show

(Talks about Tupac here. Dungarees was what Tupac use to wear on the regular, Laugh Now Cry Later is tatted on Pac’s Back. Buy My CD Twice referenced to Pac admiring Biggie’s style and The cats with no Dough trying to play me at my show line was aimed at E-40 booking a fake show to run Biggie out of Cali)

Move from BK to New Jeruz — thinkin ’bout
All the planes we flew, bitches, we ran through
Now the year’s new, I lay my game flat
I want my spot back, take two
Motherfuckers mad cause I blew, niggas envious
Too many niggas on my dick, shit strenuous
When my men bust, you just move with such stamina
Slugs missed ya, I ain’t mad at cha (we ain’t mad at cha)
Blood rushin’, concussions, ain’t nothin

(Here Biggie talks about Pac’s Friendship and reminiscing of all the fun they had and the attractive women they had sex with. He also was talking about Tupac being #1 because Pac’s All Eyez on Me was one of the biggest selling albums of 1996.

(He referred to Nas, Wu Tang, and others on the lines about wanting his spot back. The Too many niggas on my dick line was aimed at everyone who was hating on him.)

When my Men Bust You move was such Stamina was talking about Henchman’s crew robbing and shooting Tupac in 1994. Also responding to Pac’s Hit Em up where he claim he “Bust at Bad Boys Niggas fucked for life line.

Slugs missed ya, I ain’t mad at cha (we ain’t mad at cha)
Blood rushing’, concussions, ain’t nothing

(Another shot at Tupac mentioning his hit song I Aint Mad at Cha and claims he isn’t mad that they didn’t finish the job because he’s willing to do it)

Catch cases, come out fronting, smoking something
(Talks about the cases Tupac was catching, how he’s fake and claims he smoking something because he think he’s crazy)

Wipe the pee up, lick shots, woke your seed up
(Mocking Tupac shooting himself in the balls)

Uhh.. I’m flaming’ gats, aiming’ at, these fucking
Maniacs, put my name in raps, what part the
Game is that? Like they hustle backwards

(Referring to Tupac going crazy on Hit Em Up and naming his name along with mentioning others)

Try to rush me, slugs go, touchy-touchy
You’re bleeding lovely, wit’chyo, spirit above me
Or beneath me, your whole life you live sneaky

(2Pac and Suge tried to Rush Bad Boy at the Soul Train Awards in Spring 1996. He’s also mentioning Tupac being shot up and how he’s either in heaven or hell. He also claims that he lived a sneaky life because of his different personalities.)

Now you rest eternally, sleepy, you burn when you creep me
Rest where the worms and the weak be
My nine flies, baptize, rap guys
With the Holy Ghost, I put holes in most
You hold your toast shaky, slipping’ trying to break me
Look what you made me do, brains blew

(Further talks about Tupac being dead and mentioned Mobb Deep’s Drop a Gem on em which was a diss record going at Tupac. The Slipping trying to break me line talked about the Interview Tupac had wanting to destroy Biggie but since he’s dead, He felt Pac failed at his mission)

My team in the marine-blue, six Coupe
(He referred to Bad Boy’s crip affiliation in California)

Hugs from fake friends, make ends they hate you
Be broke — girls won’t date you
(Feels Pac was a fake friend and reference to Pac’s interview about Biggie being a trick and how he had to beg bitches to fuck him)

Slugs hit your chest tap you spine, flatline
Heard through the grapevine, you got fucked fo’ times
Damn that three to nine, fucked you up for real though
Sling steel slow, as for remorse, we feel no

(More references to the 1994 Shooting. Biggie also mentions the rumor started by Wendy Williams of Tupac being raped in prison and claimed that stint in prison fucked his head up. Feels no remorse for him)

The ad-lib with Puffy were true giveaways of this whole song being about Tupac as well. Look for the JayZ piece coming up in a few days!

Vic Da Ruler

About Vic Da Rula

What more can I say? I enjoy Hip Hop, Sports, and living the good life! var a2a_config = a2a_config || {}; a2a_config.linkname = "Escobar300(Covering Hip Hop Culture, Sports, and Events)"; a2a_config.linkurl = "";
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