The Ten Crack Commandments

(Original lyrics by Biggie)

Crack commandments
Photo by Rob Scrivner

A little something to set the mood while you read.

“I been in this game for years, it made me a animal
It’s rules to this shit, I wrote me a manual
A step by step booklet for you to get
your game on track, not your tape pushed back”
Rule nombre uno: never let no one know
how much, crack you climb, cause you know
The off-width breed jealousy ‘specially
if that flare fucked up, get your ass stuck up
Number two: never wait for your next move
Don’t you know bad jams slip in confusion or pause
Take it from your highness (uh-huh)
I done squeezed mad grips in these rifts for the tokes and chicks
Number three: never trust no-bo-dy
That sand’ll set that ass up, properly bagged up
Ropes and rack up, shit, for that bad huck.
He be whippin in the mesas to fight that ass up
Number four: know you heard this before
Never take whips, on your own supply
Number five: Always place gear where you rest at
I don’t care if you good at a grade, don’t splat
Number six: that god damn face move, skip it
You think a creekrats leavin that crack, shit forget it
Seven: this rule is so underrated
Keep your shoes and your food completely separated
Slippa’s and grub don’t mix like footprints and old cryp’
Find yourself in serious shit
Number eight: never keep no nuts on you
Them spots that squeeze just right can hold cams too
Number nine shoulda been number one to me
If you ain’t placed gear before stay the fuck from the voo (uh-huh)
If old timers think you whippin, ain’t tryin ta listen
They be sittin in your van kitchen, waitin to start hittin
Number ten: a strong style called off-fingers
Strictly for timed men, not for freshmen
If you ain’t got the technique the skies rain chalk blood tape
Follow these rules you’ll have mad sends to spray up
If not, twenty-four years, on the wake up
whip ‘n hit your temple, watch your frame shake up



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