[Interviewer]
Between you and Biggie, it was like,
Who's gon', who's gon'..
Who rules the nigga kingdom and shit, basically
You know what I'm sayin'...
I was like, this is like a fucking election!
It is an election and shit,
You know what I'm saying?
[2pac]
It is that, It is that!
Me and Biggie's situation is smarter than that,
Me and Biggie's situation is like...
[Ambulance radio]
Central, we got a black male shot...
[Singing]
You know I wonder if they'll laugh when I am dead...
[News reporter]
Tupac Shakur got shot several times in the chest...
[2pac]
While i'm in jail, strangers is telling me:
"You don't know?
Biggie homeboy shot you!"
And they braggin'!
And thats why what I'm doing...
i know what i'm doin,
i'm destrying em', im destrying em'
CHORUS:
Why am I fighting to live
If I'm just living to fight?
Why am I trying to see
When there ain't nothing in sight?
Why am I trying to give
When no one gives me a try?
Why am I dying to live
If I'm just living to die?
[Notorious B.I.G.]
Check it!
I grew up, a fuckin screw-up
Got introduced to the game,
Got a ounce and fuckin blew up
Choppin rocks overnight
The nigga Biggie Smalls
Tryin to turn into the black Frank White
We had to grow dreads
To change our description
Two cops is on the milk box, "Missing"
Show they toes, you know they got stepped on
A fist full of bullets, a chest full of teflon
Run from the police, picture that
Nigga i'm too fat
I fuck around and catch a asthma attack
That's why i bust back, it don't phase me
When he drop, take his glock
And i'm swayze
Celebrate my escape
Sold the glock, bought some weight
Laid back, i got some money to make,
Motherfucker!
I wonder if they'll laugh when I am dead...
Why am I fighting to live
If I'm just living to fight?
Why am I trying to see
When there ain't nothing in sight?
Why am I trying to give
When no one gives me a try?
Why am I dying to live
If I'm just living to die?
[Notorious B.I.G.]
Tupac's still dead, you know what i'm saying...
Just... don't feed into it
If you feed into it, it's going up and escalate
You know what i'm saying...
I know about the truth...
I know what people would believe that was the truth
[2pac]
It's on me...
But still i'm havin memories
Of high speed when the cops crashed,
As i laughed
Pushin the gas when my Glocks blast
We was young and we was dumb but we had heart
In the dark, where we survived through the bad parts
Many dreams is what i had, and plenty wishes,
No hesitation in extermination of these snitches
And these bitches, they still continue to persue me
A couple o' movies,
Now the whole world is tryin to screw me
Even the cops tried to sue me
So what can I do, but stay true,
Sippin 22's of brew
And now the media is trying to test me,
Got the press asking questions, tryin' to stress me
Misery is all I see, thats my mind state
My history with the police
Would shake the crimerate
My main man had two strikes slipped,
Got arrested and flipped,
He screamed "Thug Life!" and emptied the clip,
Got tired of running from the police...
I wonder if they'll laugh when I am dead...
Why am I fighting to live
If I'm just living to fight?
Why am I trying to see
When there ain't nothing in sight?
Why am I trying to give
When no one gives me a try?
Why am I dying to live
If I'm just living to die?
[Notorious B.I.G.]
I was shocked and everything, you know what I'm sayin'
But i wasn't more shocked of him dying,
I was more shocked of him... (*ding*)
Pac is a strong dude yo, i know dudes,
You know what I'm sayin'...
He is real strong,
So when they was like "He got shot!",
I was more like "Again?",
You know what I'm sayin',
He always gettin' shot or shot at,
He gon' pull through this one again,
Make a few records about it,
And it's gonna be over, you know what I'm sayin'?
But when he, when he died, i was like "Whoa!"
You know what I'm sayin', it kinda took me by...
And even though we was going through our drama,
I would never wish death on nobody,
You know what I'm sayin'...
Cause there ain't no comin' back from that.
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