"A Jamaican, some bitches I swear, they look gay
And a black Range Rover, been outside all day
Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

Fortunately for Biggie, Glo is savvy to the criminal element. She knows that a Jamaican guy and some women — probably lesbians — are in room 112 and that there is a black Range Rover outside that seems somehow connected

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Deej
January 31st, 2013

Perhaps it is, “They look gay IN a black Range Rover”. She is using the word gay to mean queer or weird (out of place). She is describing the Range Rover as “gay”.

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"Shut up, 112, what's shaking?" Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie tells Gloria to stop crying — he’s not there to rob the hotel he just wants to know what’s going on (“shaking”) in room 112

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So I freaked them, the telly manager was Puerto Rican
Gloria, from Astoria, I went to war with her
Peeps in ninety-one, stole a gun from my workers
And they took drugs, they tried to jerk us
We blazed they place -- long story. Glo' seen't my face
Got shook, thought a nigga was coming for the safe
Now she breaking
Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

Instead of pushing past reception and up to Room 112 violently, Biggie intimidates the hotel (“telly”) manager. This is easy because she recognizes Biggie — back in ‘91 he went to war with some friends of hers when one of them stole a gun and drugs from one of Biggie’s dealers. Biggie’s crew shot up their spot…it’s a long story, but all you really need to know is that Gloria got scared when she saw Biggie, thought he was there to rob the hotel and broke down crying

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September 2nd, 2013

we blazed/they blazed. I don’t hear PLACE here.He says they exchanged shots

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And me I feel the same for this money you dying
'Specially if my daughter crying, I ain't lying
Y'all know the science
Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie feels the same as Ron — he will kill you for money. He’s got a kid to feed

You already know the equation: need money + alienation = do anything to get money

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Now he feel he undefeated, he mean it
Nothing to lose, tattooed around his gun wounds
Everything to gain, embedded in his brain
Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

Ron feels invincible now. His body and mind are stamped with the gangster credo: “Nothing to lose, everything to gain”

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That's when Ron vanished, came back, speaking Spanish
Lavish habits, two rings, twenty carats
Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

After his boys got caught, Ron disappeared to avoid arrest. When he returned he was rich and fluent in Spanish. Cocaine comes from South America up through Central America and the Caribbean — Ron got closer to the source and made serious money

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Stupid as a young one, chose not the moves wisely
Sharper with game, him and his crooks caught a Jooks
Heard it was sweet, about three-fifty a piece
Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

Ron was stupid as kid but he’s learned from his mistakes (practice makes perfect). Recently Ron and his colleagues did a robbery (“Jooks” — after the notorious Brooklyn robbery gang) that garned them each $350,000 — that’s big money!

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June 10th, 2013

These lines are so masterly. Such a good lyricist.

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Slugs up in between
They eyes, like True Lies,
Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

1994 James Cameron movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Biggie is referencing a scene in True Lies where the main character shoots someone (an intruder?) in between the eyes.

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Frank Niggas Bleed by The Notorious B.I.G.

“Frank White” is one of Biggie’s aliases, based on the protagonist of Abel Ferrara’s 1990 film, King of New York

At this point in the verse we realize that voice until now has been Biggie’s employer giving him instructions

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September 2nd, 2013

I always viewed this song as an internal conflict between biggie’s two personas. One being the crime-fueled king of New York ego Frank White and the other more sensible C. Wallace — who seems to have a better grasp on the morality of the situation. “Frank, pay attention…” might suggest a battle between his own two egos. Just my own interpretation.

June 9th, 2013

because biggie is the boss

May 25th, 2013

This has always confused me. In the second line the boss says “tell them Blanco sent ya” which is Spanish for Whitey. Then how come later on the boss(‘Whitey’ aka ‘Frank White’) addresses Biggie as ‘Frank’?

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My style is bit I only see myself with John Malkovich In This World by Reflection Eternal

In Being John Malkovich, John Cusac discovers a portal into John Malkovich’s mind that allows him to take over the other actor’s body.

I read this line two ways: 1) Talib is struggling with a sensation of inauthenticity — he feels like a trespasser in his own body. Is his lyrical style really his? (bit=copied) 2) Other rappers steal his style, but the only way anyone can see him (literally and as in equal) is if he battled himself

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