There are few rappers who possess the way with words that the Notorious B.I.G. had. We’ve combed through his lyrics and interviews to pull some of the quotes that prove The Notorious B.I.G. was rap’s version of Buddha.

“The second time I went to jail, I was like, ‘Okay, this is not the move.'”

“You gotta mature, you know.”

“I hold grudges, but I can’t hate nobody; that’s not my nature.”

“I can’t even see me wasting my time or my talent to disrespect another black man.”

“Damn right I like the life I live, because I went from negative to positive.”

“I would never wish death on nobody, ’cause there ain’t no coming back from that.”

“Learn to treat life to the best, put stress to rest.”

“And everything you get, ya gotta work hard for it.”