Lounging at the barbecues, drinking brews
With the neighborhood crews, hanging on the avenues
Sets up the final question of the song: what happened to these peaceful cookouts when the neighborhood just hung out together in the street? (hint: could it have been the crack epidemic of the 1980’s?)
These two lines are remarkably similar to the first two lines of “For The Macs And Dons”, also by Biggie.
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