While we out here, say the Hustlers Prayer
If the game shakes me or breaks me
I hope it makes me a better man
Take a better stand
Put money in my mom's hand
Get my daughter this college plan so she don't need no man
Stay far from timid
Only make moves when your heart's in it
And live the phrase sky's the limit
The Hustlers Prayer shows that you can do a wrong thing for the right reason. It harkens back to his song Juicy and “all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustling in front of that called the police on me when I was just trying to make some money to feed my daughter”. He knows that Hustling is not the most ideal profession or way to make money but if he can make some money to give his moms so she doesn’t have to struggle or enough to pay for his daughters college education then he knows it was all worth it.
The last, most significant lines of the track. Though quite simple to understand from the lyrics, Biggie lays out his aspirations from what he wants to get out of rap. He hopes his ventures in the rap game can improve himself as a person, to make enough money to look after his mother, to get his daughter to college so she doesnt need anyone else. The last 3 lines in particular give advice that is simple but more powerful than most, “Only make moves when your hearts in it” stands out the most as great, overlooked as just a lyric advice by Big. These last few lines are very soft compared to most of Life after Death and all of Ready to Die but show the other side of Big and provide one of the most inspiring, greatest lines on a highly overlooked track of Biggies.
In an interview in 1994 when asked about his future Biggie stated he planned to see out his “5 year contract” then “chill”. Which would mean that Biggie planned to retire/stop making music in 1999 after his contract was done and hope that after he was done he would come out a better man. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouya_GgYEnc)
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