This was a question answer session Biggie did with the audience askin' questions. It was in a free magazine called Peace! This is how he rated the rappers:
Redman: The new Redman!?! Seven. I can't dis him cause I know he got skills. He get busy on the lyrics but i can't feel his new sh*t, his new cosmic crazy sh*t. I'm used to the clean cut blowout fly n*gga. When I met the n*gga he was a fly n*gga, you know what I'm sayin', now he on some different sh*t. I reallt don't like when a rapper come out and they blow up the way they are and they come out again on some changed up sh*t. To me, that's like getting some good coke from poppy and then getting some money and then be like,'fu*k that! I'm getting some more 45ths, some brown sh*t and then bag that up.' Why would you change your plan? That's what he
did to me.
E-40: No rating! Zero! I don't fu*k with duke at all. At all.
Too $hort: Ten. That's my dog right there. I love that n*gga. That's my man. The calibre of sh*t he got. c*cktails sh*t, i ain't got to see that sh*t yet. I know that sh*t it hot! I was with him in Atlanta and we were just kickin' it and sh*t. That's my dog. I love that man.
Spice 1: Zero. I don't like that guy at all.
Craig Mack: I don't really like him too much either, dog. I can't give him a zero though 'cause he got some hot sh*t but like five...four, since he on some different sh*t, some sh*t I can't relate to. I'm from the hood, he from the suburbs so it's completely different sh*t. I don't really like the music too much. I like the beats but that (scats) it's not rhymes for me, it's just some prety kid sh*t.
Eiht: I like Eiht's sh*t. I give Eiht like an eight. He got some hard sh*t, some real sh*t.
DJ Quick: I like the sh*t on the soundtrack. That's sh*t is hot. I give him a seven...six.
Snoop Doggy Dogg: Snoopy??? I like Snoop. I give him like an eight. I like his sh*t.
He sits and reflects on what we have asked and offers, "I'm into fly pimp, straight flat sh*t. I don't like no n*gga that I have to decipher but some n*gga that I don dicipher I give a ten...Nas, I give Jeru a ten, I give ummmmm?....
(Someone shouts out KRS-One.)
KRS-One: KRS-One?? Naahhh...I don't like KRS no more 'cause he just think he's too dope. He let his ego take over his sh*t and that's what brings him down. When he was like that (shouts "Blow it to yorself"), when he was like that, then he was a ten but now, 'I am Hip Hop'!!! Eat a d!ck n*gga. Eat a muthaphukkin' d!ck!
Guru: Premier??? Umm...who else I give a ten too? I like Keith. Keith's sh*t is hot.
Outkast: I like them too...six...seven.
Big Mike: Six...Seven
Scarface: Seven...eight. He got some hard sh*t. Face got some hard sh*t.
R.A. The Rugged One: The white boy??!! The one that I did the jam with??? That's who you talkin' about? Two...might be a three, I did the song, they paid me a lot of money, that's why I did it. The beat was knockin'.
Dr.Dre & Ed Lover: Those are my boys. I just like them n*gga, know what I'm sayin'. You don't rate n*ggas. I just like them n*ggas. They just friends.
Cypress Hill: I used to like them. The first, sh*t, that first "How i can just k!ll a man" joint, I was liking that but that new age smoke out sh*t...fu*k it!
New Kingdom: Who? Never heard of them.
Da Brat: I like Da Brat. I like her sh*t. I give her a nice six. She ain't the dopest female MC but I like her single. I like how she comin'.
The topic of females MC's arrives and Biggie Speaks. "The dopest female MC that has a record deal that's out right now is Rage, but my Mc that's coming out, Little Kim, is the dopest female MC that's coming out ever. Ever.
She gets busy like a n*gga that's why I like her style. Hard sh*t! She
speaks on suckin n*ggas...,shooting n*ggas, real sh*t that real bi*ches do that they are just scared to talk about, just how I came out, on some real sh*t."
Naughty By Nature: I like all of 'em. I got a relationship with Treach. I got a relationship with Vinnie and I got a relationship with K, but you know what I'm sayin', the music itself it seems that they just wanna make that one hit. Once they got that one hit everything else don't count. That's why I can't dig that. I want a n*gga that's gonna be like, 'Yo, I heard an album that's like nine joints I like three, I like maybe the single, the remix. I don't want no album like that.
Coolio: I like that new joint, "Mama I'm In love with a Gangsta". I like that joint. I just like them hard n*ggas, them n*ggas that just be leveled out.
Ice Cube: The old one or the new one? Kickiyaya???? It's not hte same sh*t. It's like n*ggas is changing too much for me and I can't keep the love. I respect the n*gga because I know back in the day he used to do his thing so I can't dis him but the new sh*t right now is...
The topic of quitting before the game gets up on you is put on the table.
"I quit before it get on me like that dog!! I know my n*ggas keep it real.
My n*ggas be like,'Big, you are sleeping. That sh*t right there ain't no
Ready to Die type sh*t'. I take my n*ggas word. If sh*t ain't right, it
ain't right. I ain't putting it out. I quit before a n*gga say Big was
wack. fu*k that!! I produce, get a label, do something. fu*k that!
Tupac: Pac get busy. People can't take nothing from him. On the lyrics he get busy, straight up. That n*gga got some hard sh*t dog for real, and it's like the sad thing about it. When he started working on his new album he's got now, Out on Bail, (retitled and released as Me Against The World)
he had so many raw east coast producers and sh*t. The sh*t was sounding real tight 'cause everybody always says Pac had lyrics but his beats was back. He was up in New York when he was working on Above the Rim sh*t and he was working on his album at the same time. I put him on to Mo Bee. I put him on to L.G. He has Action, Special Ed's DJ, he had some hard sh*t.
(HE) went back to the west and just started getting back into that other sh*t.
Dr. Dre: Beats? Incredible!
The topic of producers arrives and names are fired out for Biggie to rate.
"Who do I think every beat they make is just ridiculous??!!...
Ant Banks: I like Banks. I like that whole sh*t though. Ant BAnks sh*t, the whole Dangerous crew sh*t."
Who is a ten producer?
"Ain't nobody perfect dog. Everybody got their little faults and sh*t but the only one I seen that's been hitting hard with their sh*t is Premier.
Every joint that he be putting out right now is just ridiculous, from
Jeru's sh*t, to the new group he got, the Group Home sh*t, to the sh*t he did with me. The sh*t is hard, yo! The beats is crazy."
Sir Mix-a-lot: Nothing! I love his coats. I would love to be in the game like how that n*gga get in the game. I wanna be just as large as those fools but get busy, cut the bullsh*t. n*gga saying...I got millions but God damn that n*gga get on the mic it's just something terrible dog. I just wanna get busy on the mic more than anything. The little bi*ch game the n*ggas play with the girls, man! A n*gga just throw some bi*ches in they sh*t and they just sit there, like from the "Tootsie Roll" sh*t to the "Whoot! There it is!" sh*t. It's the same sh*t. You get trapped up with these hoes. That sh*t ain't got nothing to do with hip hop. Nothing!
The topic of wack lyrics arises and Biggie states:
"I don't wanna be a n*gga paying so much attention to the fu*king networking and all that other sh*t and I'm not paying' no attention to these rhymes. That's what made me get to where I'm at so I gotta make sure the lyrics is hard."
K-Dee: "The greatest MC in the world"?? I like that track. n*gga don't really be saying nothing to me, you know, like lyrically he don't be saying nothing to me. What make it so bad is when they come out with some sh*t that's like half a.ss and like you wonder like, "I wonder how the video will be." And then they got a video with this n*gga spinning this bottle and I'm like OK, what's gonna happen when the bottle stops and the bottle is spinning for like three fu*king minutes and then it stops and
everybody laughs like ha, and he spins again!!! Who directed this? Cube, it had to be. It's just that funny style sh*t that I can't fu*k with. I
like flat on the table sh*t, like my sh*t. They try to stick me for my sh*t I shot 'em. Period. There's no helicopter scenes with me talkin to
somebody like , 'Well, how's the record doing?' There's no sh*t on there that you could be like why is that sh*t in there. That's how I like the sh*t, just regular sh*t.
Easy-E: (before his untimely death)-I like Easy-E. Easy-E is a real illn*gga. He's sharp as a tack ontop but rhymin' even he knows. He took a group from the hood and just put them on and two million. Bing! He know how to do that sh*t. Same thing with Luke and all the rest of them n*ggas. Man, I just think they take another turn. I can let you hear some Easy-E sh*t on some old NWA sh*t and n*ggas would think Easy was nice, you know what I'm saying, so he know.
MC Breed: He ain't come out with nothing too wrong for me. I gotta hear some sh*t. I know once when I was in L.A. I saw Breed at Fattburger and that n*gga just took me into the room and just got me smoked out. He had me listening to some ill beats and sh*t that he work on production too and I didn't know that. That's a plus for MC's. If you can make your own beats you got props because producing is better than being an artist.
Warren G: That's my man. n*gga came to Brooklyn, he came to check me. He just came to hood and sh*t, pulled up in a little Crysler, jumped out and Warren G was on the ave. drinking Crazyhorse and sh*t, you know what I'm saying' 'cause I ain't gonna lie, I ain't going to his hood, staight up!
Wu-Tang Clan/Method Man: Wu-Tang is hot! I like their sh*t. I love that sh*t. I like their sh*t because they have a real I don't give a fu*k attitude. 'We in this game to blow the fu*k up! We don't give a fu*k what happens. All of us is gonna do our thing and we just gonna do it.' And they just did it. You can hear punches, you hear so much sh*t in that album you know damn these guys is not giving a fu*k. At the beginning of CREAM, when that sh*t start!! Voila! Oh my God, this is some rushed sh*t but I dig it.
The Roots: The Roots album. The Roots album is hot! On the strength, they rock the whole album for a whole hour. I was definetly in dibelief. I like the single, I really did but other people were like, 'Single was hot but I wasn't paying attention to the album at all.'
Did you dis The Roots on the remix for "Flavour in your ear"?
"I stepped to them about that. They heard about it but they knew I said Gooch (a character on the Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dano Plato series Different Strokes) so that's all they cared about. As long as they knew I wasn't trying to dis them. It's over."
Are you really the crew who will take it to that other level if someone steps to you?
"For real! For real! We be banging! We be banging! We're definitely the crew that just go out of the world. We take it to the extra extra limit. I mean that sh*t from the bottom of my fu*kin' heart. Cold blow your head off. fu*k the rap. fu*k Puff, fu*k Arista, Clive, BMG!!! I don't give a fu*k. It's over!!! Anything happen to me it's over!! They just throw the whole sh*t in the toilet. I don't give a fu*k, we banging now! Everything is switched over for real man. A n*gga ain't gonna dis me. n*gga's is not dissing me, man!!!!