Big L - How Will I Make It? Lyrics




[Big L]
Aiiyyo, some people was born in heaven
with a silver spoon in they mouth
and had everything handed to them on a silver platter
and never had to work hard for nothing
(Pause)
Then there are some people that was born in the opposite world
of those that was born in heaven, which is called hell
and had to work hard for everything they got
and never had nothing handed to them... and never will

[1st Verse]
I'm only at the age of 10
And life already seems to me like it's heading for a dead end
Cause my moms be smoking mad crack
My dad went out for a fast snack, and never brought his ass back
Nobody knows how I feel, it's quite ill
Cause I had to steal to fill my stomach with a nice meal
Too ashamed to walk the streets
Wearing the same cheap sneaks and dirty outfits for weeks
Even my holidays got damaged
Cause on Christmas I asked Santa for a father and a hot sandwich
I just can't take it (uh-huh, uh-huh)
And every day I ask myself, 'how will I make it?'

[Chorus]
It seems like my life's been cursed
Ever since I was a child, and how will I make it?
I won't, that's how
I walk around with a frown; I got no reason to smile
And how will I make it?
I won't, that's how
Aiiyyo times was rough, I had to grow up foul
And how will I make it?
I won't, that's how
I always knew that I'd end up doing time on the Isle
And how will I make it?
I won't, that's how

[2nd Verse]
Five years passed by, now I'm at the age of 15
No more fun and games, it's time to get cream (word up)
Cause I'm about to burst, it's like my life was cursed
I went to church, prayed everyday
And it still got worse
Soon I ran into a couple of guns
Started stalking the streets, slate robbing suckers for funds (give it up, give it up)
Now everyday I creep with the heat
Ain't nothing sweet, I rob for meat
If I don't steal I don't eat
Then I lost control and started going too far
Robbed this brother named Umar
Then got snatched by the blue car
Where I grew up it was a living hell
Then I started to realize – I'm better off in a prison cell
Now I can sleep, now I can eat
Can't hit skins, but I wasn't hitting skins when I was in the street
Aiiyyo I just can't take it
And every day I ask myself, 'how will I make it?'

[Chorus]

[3rd Verse]
Doing time was full of stress G, all the
Fighting's and stabbings and men finding men sexy
One tried to test me didn't find it humorous
Beat him with a pillowcase filled with cans of tuna fish
My time came to a cease; I'm back on the streets again
I hope I don't get snatched by the beast again
But it's getting crazy hectic
Cause I'm broke, get up naked
And can't get a job cause of my jail record
Before you know it, I was robbing them same ducks
I even started robbing homeless folks for they change cups
My whole life was deserted
Either I'ma go back to jail or get murdered, but do I deserve it?
All I tried to do was live the one life that I got
But it seems like I can't get a fair shot (word up)
I just can't take it (uh-huh)
And every day I ask myself, 'how will I make it?'

[Chorus]

[Big L]
Word up man, it's real rough out here man
In the ghetto, all you can wish for is a better tomorrow
It ain't getting no better, it's only getting worse, word up...





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  1. Matheus Alves

    🇧🇷

  2. Mack

    One of the deepest songs I've ever listened to R.I.P. Big L

  3. Nour

    Aiiyyo, some people was born in heaven
    with a silver spoon in they mouth
    and had everything handed to them on a silver platter
    and never had to work hard for nothing
    (Pause)
    Then there are some people that was born in the opposite world
    of those that was born in heaven, which is called hell
    and had to work hard for everything they got
    and never had nothing handed to them... and never will

    [1st Verse]
    I'm only at the age of 10
    And life already seems to me like it's heading for a dead end
    Cause my moms be smoking mad crack
    My dad went out for a fast snack, and never brought his ass back
    Nobody knows how I feel, it's quite ill
    Cause I had to steal to fill my stomach with a nice meal
    Too ashamed to walk the streets
    Wearing the same cheap sneaks and dirty outfits for weeks
    Even my holidays got damaged
    Cause on Christmas I asked Santa for a father and a hot sandwich
    I just can't take it (uh-huh, uh-huh)
    And every day I ask myself, 'how will I make it?'

    [Chorus]
    It seems like my life's been cursed
    Ever since I was a child, and how will I make it?
    I won't, that's how
    I walk around with a frown; I got no reason to smile
    And how will I make it?
    I won't, that's how
    Aiiyyo times was rough, I had to grow up foul
    And how will I make it?
    I won't, that's how
    I always knew that I'd end up doing time on the Isle
    And how will I make it?
    I won't, that's how

    [2nd Verse]
    Five years passed by, now I'm at the age of 15
    No more fun and games, it's time to get cream (word up)
    Cause I'm about to burst, it's like my life was cursed
    I went to church, prayed everyday
    And it still got worse
    Soon I ran into a couple of guns
    Started stalking the streets, slate robbing suckers for funds (give it up, give it up)
    Now everyday I creep with the heat
    Ain't nothing sweet, I rob for meat
    If I don't steal I don't eat
    Then I lost control and started going too far
    Robbed this brother named Umar
    Then got snatched by the blue car
    Where I grew up it was a living hell
    Then I started to realize – I'm better off in a prison cell
    Now I can sleep, now I can eat
    Can't hit skins, but I wasn't hitting skins when I was in the street
    Aiiyyo I just can't take it
    And every day I ask myself, 'how will I make it?'

    [Chorus]

    [3rd Verse]
    Doing time was full of stress G, all the
    Fighting's and stabbings and men finding men sexy
    One tried to test me didn't find it humorous
    Beat him with a pillowcase filled with cans of tuna fish
    My time came to a cease; I'm back on the streets again
    I hope I don't get snatched by the beast again
    But it's getting crazy hectic
    Cause I'm broke, get up naked
    And can't get a job cause of my jail record
    Before you know it, I was robbing them same ducks
    I even started robbing homeless folks for they change cups
    My whole life was deserted
    Either I'ma go back to jail or get murdered, but do I deserve it?
    All I tried to do was live the one life that I got
    But it seems like I can't get a fair shot (word up)
    I just can't take it (uh-huh)
    And every day I ask myself, 'how will I make it?'

    [Chorus]

    [Big L]
    Word up man, it's real rough out here man
    In the ghetto, all you can wish for is a better tomorrow
    It ain't getting no better, it's only getting worse, word up...

  4. Jacob Diaz

    Man I remember walking the streets all day bumpin my 90's nobody fucked with me Cause I was also training in muay thai at the time didn't last long though s#!% but man can I relate peace & love goes out stay up yall

  5. kiekz 3hree6ix9ine

    Genius.

  6. Nonye B

    I wish more rap artists would tell stories like this. I cant listen to any new artist aside from Kendrick

  7. Mike Holmes

    Greatness never dies

  8. mattbandz47

    Now I don’t come from the projects or ghetto but I grew up mad poor. First generation Immigrant, and this song is so fucking real. It really hits deep every time I hear it.

  9. hugelius

    classic

  10. Ross Heathorn

    Some people born with a silver spoon, not me I was born into the gloom in a dirty fucking room. Happy birthday heres another balloon, boom goes the gun that I got to deal with the goons. Ever since i left the womb it's been on and I'm in tune. It always seems to be over to soon. What's up with you are you living on the moon, swallowing poison and choking on the fumes.

  11. Al Capone

    I miss word play like this..

  12. Loaf

    "Some people was born in heaven with a silver spoon in they mouth and had everything handed to them on a silver platter and never had to work hard for nothing, then there are some people that was born in the opposite world of those that was born in heaven, which is called hell and had to work hard for everything they got and never had something handed to them... and never will." - Big L

  13. Gang Ganggang

    big l holdin it down always real legend 💪🏿💯

  14. Gilberto Sosa

    Politicians too busy talking instead of hearing

  15. Javier Strive !!!

    I Miss You L I'm Back Again In 2019 !!!

    John Mattera

    Javier Strive !!! We all are

  16. Javier Strive !!!

    Sometimes Being Real Is Not Enough

  17. BeLeave n

    This has volume too it that only a few understand. Rip Big L

  18. Mower Motherfucker

    I won't. That's how. Ksk tho .. Phx az .. Rip king FYBER ! Life is death.

  19. Shark007

    How will I make it? I won't that's how

  20. anti rehab

    Its fucked how much i relate

  21. Pandah Sykes

    RIP L - a true warrior died before his time , lived by the steel and died how he always thought he would ... if this were the 1800s we’d all live like L .

  22. Henry Meyer

    Who ever would dislike that? Unless they're not from the label or money grabbers by this song?

  23. Ismael Gutierrez

    2019???

  24. DEADTOAD GAMING

    Who still here in 2019 😎

    Greeno B

    Ppl will be listening to this _every year_
    for a _Long_ time.
    *Why tf y'all so thirsty for likes?* 😆

    DEADTOAD GAMING

    @Greeno B Awk look at this little guy tryna be mad disrespectful 😘 Just drop a like an contuine with yo sorry life...

  25. Tyrone Hooper

    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  26. J Luq

    “Even my holidays got damaged cus for Christmas I asked Santa for a father and a hot sandwich”

    Ouch

  27. JoMomma239

    "The brightest candle burns half as long."

    The real ones always go early. Just how it is.

  28. Contested Gaming

    Rip Big L the greatest to do it happy to say im from NYC

  29. thug for life

    Это не объяснить что за шанс я в эти игры не играю сядь успокойся не цепляйся к цепям не придератся хотят чтоб ты успокоился придвидеть

  30. Kevin Ontaneda

    Real shit.

  31. Greeno B

    *_#CLaSsiC_** BiG L* 🔥🔥🔥
    Sample's _The Dramatics- In The Rain_
    > *https://youtu.be/PxIPhbNbBCI* <

  32. NICHOLAS REED

    Aside from the father narrative, its scary how much i relate to this song. From the opening line to the end. And whats so special about silver? I still dont get that line.

  33. Rctm Hdp

    The best die young plain and simple. Eternal Big L Corleone --

  34. Michael Kennedy

    i love this song

  35. Slick Nick

    I went to summer camp upstate with L around 84 or 85. We was the only "hip" kids up there. He was rapping back then, I still remember part of this rap he did about the smurf and shit. He had cazals,kangol,and black and grey suede pumas. Mad mad cool and laid back for his age and time. Wish I could have kept contact with him. RIP L never forgotten kid.

  36. Hiphop Hardcore

    my mom smoking crack

  37. Tr3V3n96 _

    NY OG's(5s)
    1. Big L
    2. Nas
    3. Lord Finesse
    4. Gang Starr
    5. Mobb Deep
    My opinion, Big L was and will forever be Nas nightmare :)))), Nas said this in an interview, but i forgot with who, about Big L, come couple of mouths before he release Illmatic, and how he was afraid to compete with Life Style of Pour and Dangerous
    Big L is in top BEST RAPPERS EVER
    Better than Biggie, sorry.... it could be better than Eminem( i'm a huge fan of Em), but if he didn't die so young, he could beat Em so bad, at least SSLP and MMLP could not be as big as they are now


    MY OPINION!!!!

  38. cameron prusaczyk

    I would love to meet the 357 people who dont like this song. They prob some mumble rap or whatever this generations shitty rap is called lovers

  39. rudimar ramirez

    Shit like this makes you realize how hard it is to survive in these streets when you start from below the bottom

  40. Gukuthegreat

    Good Song!!!!!!!

  41. BROCAR carter

    DAMN!!A decade since I’ve heard this an I know remember why I left it!!! A true lyrical beasts testament to the saying only the good die young...RIP BIG L

  42. Bruce Lee

    rest easy

  43. K Slimm

    Bruh this song gave me Goosebumps the first time I was listening to it idk but today I've played this song over 15 times and it's crazy because some parts he was speaking in the was is actually true and How it's relating to myself and my situation I can't get a job because of my criminal record I got misdemeanor and I've stress a lot I am struggling out here on the streets trying to survive and make my life better and my pops was hardly in the picture for me... Big L was the real deal R.I.P Big L and Nipsey Hussle

  44. Rob Ert

    Anyone know who produced the beat on this?

    Greeno B

    _Buckwild_ aka Anthony Best.
    It samples _The Dramatics- In The Rain_ *https://youtu.be/PxIPhbNbBCI*

    Rob Ert

    Cheers mate, makes sense

  45. Leonardo Ruiz Jiménez

    ESQUE ESTA PUTA MIERDA ES BUENISIMA. BIG L TE QUIERO

  46. J da high roller

    It's crazy L was on Jay Z level or bigger imagine the ribbons he would have on his chest in 2019 ... we in this stupid alternate universe w Trump as president why cudnt we at least have L in the gamr

  47. Quiet Storm

    one of the illest Big L for life

  48. Donnell Vickers

    THESE WORDS WERE PROPHETIC, RIP BIG L NEW YORK, NEWARK NJ, WE LOVE BABY BOY, A TRU SPITTER, NEW YORK THE HOME OF THE SPITTER's.

  49. jonatan alonso

    Check out my hiphop junkie playlist

  50. mixwell1983

    L said something about " I hope ai see the grave from old age and not a 9 slug" L got popped for stupid shit his bro was in the mix with..

    I went to NY. Saw Joe Strummer mural.. Wanted to see L mural in harlem and my bitch friend told me is dangerous.. I live near E LA. I would went solo no fear.. At least i saw Joe Strummer..

  51. RONN13 L3FL3R

    Whos here after Cordae droped a line

  52. DC LIGHTNING

    Ybn cordae

  53. Mac N

    Real rap real not fake. No lil but big. It’s bull that the lil get big but the big stay lil

  54. J. Noir

    😢 RIP BIG L

  55. Duke Duke

    La mejor canción de Big L, se tenía que decir y se dijo.

  56. Vin Oliva

    One of my favorite by L

  57. Livia Olieslagers

    This is the realest track i have ever heard 💯💯💯

  58. Gustavo Henrique

    R.i.p BIG L

  59. Joe Sena

    Now i can sleep, now i can eat, cant hit skins but i wasnt hittin skins when i was in the street. Always get a kick outta that line

  60. mixwell1983

    Went to NY at brooklyn hipster spot.. Went to see my boy Joe Strummer mural. But my boy wolfed about Harlem. I am a big hip hop head. Wish i took some trains to Harlem to see the L mural. I live in. E LA so im down with gangbangin. Really wanted to see the L mural. I feel if you come correct people dont sweat you.. Bro east LA is grimey Harlem is supposedly all grimey.. I just wanted to roll up to 139 and Lennox for my boy L. Different day and age but if I went back if go see the spot..i seen central park and timr square. I wanted to se my boy L's mural

  61. mixwell1983

    Big L didnt believe in CREAM in this song. Rip my boy L.. GOAT

  62. Luis Lopez

    From that 310 but respect and rip 2 one of the greatest mc to touch planet earth

  63. Joshua Jackson

    The intro verse he says, is the realest I ever heard.

  64. White Stoner Mane Aka OGDoms

    Real rap legend 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💨 Rest In Peace

  65. jubai12345

    So Sorry. So Sad. R.I.P. Brother

  66. L S

    Who's still bumping this on the last months of 2019 and ready for 2020?

    Greeno B

    Ppl will be listening to this *_every_*_ year_ for a *_Long_*_ time._ It gets _thousands_ of views _Everyday._ Why tf y'all fiending and thirsty for likes so much? 🤔😂

    L S

    @Greeno B Why you hating so much homeboy? punk bitch pussy boy 🤣

  67. Federico Hoyos

    Is this in spotify?

  68. Kevster 24

    Damn ..

  69. Orlando S. González M.

    And how will I make it? I won't, that´s how - RIP BIG L. I miss those days (90’s) and early 2000’s

  70. Julius Edwards-El

    In Eulogy to A N.Y. fellas
    Big L got it from somebody who got too close.
    They get them heads first off.
    Hip hop cop feared Supreme because Supreme took tactical approach with military decorum and right and exact percission.
    Law enforcement is para military agency. Whereas Supreme may have been acting in concert with organized crime, he was enforcement for the team.

  71. P1STOL P.

    R.I.P BIG L...

  72. Tree Robinson

    Real shit right here

  73. mixwell1983

    Big L sickest boom bap 90s. Wish i knew of him when i was growin up .

    I had Nirvana,offspring, green day. Hip hop wasnt my shit then but back then i was all about ice ice baby and chris cross will make you jump jump. Bobby brown and paula abdul. Early 90s country also..

  74. William Martinez

    The man wretches my soul with this. Because I know exactly what it's like.

  75. Sean Price

    Timeless Artist. Even my pops who hates rap can relate to L's story on this one.

  76. John S

    Anyone who can rhyme humorous and tuna fish is ok in my book😄 GOAT!

  77. schooly ole

    Thats how i relised id be better off in a prison cell

  78. Brandon Smith

    I won’t that’s how

  79. Lil E Productions

    432Hz version on my channel

  80. Nikolaj der Burner

    Das is Rap der einen auf den Boden zurückholt.

  81. bnrutalow dd

    so poor that niggas kill the art !

  82. Delphine Marchal

    another talented artist left too early for a fucking bullshit!

  83. SuperCold187

    ✌️✌️✌️

  84. Xerzus

    RIP harlems finest

  85. Tommy Reusse

    You know its a classic when its a 30 year old song posted by a random, with no video and it still has racked up millions of spins.

  86. Tiaguinho Júnior

    Forever big L

  87. Leor peretz

    King of Rap Music. RiP to this Legend. HARLEMS FINEST !

  88. WAFLZNSYRUP

    Some people was born in heaven
    With a silver spoon in they mouth
    And had everything handed to them on a silver platter
    And never had to work hard for nothing
    Then there are some people that was born in the opposite world
    Of those that was born in heaven, which is called hell
    And had to work hard for everything they got
    And never had nothing handed to them... and never will

    [Verse 1: Big L]
    I'm only at the age of 10
    And life already seems to me like it's heading for a dead end
    Cause my Moms be smoking mad crack
    My Pops went out for a fast snack and never brought his ass back
    Nobody knows how I feel, it's quite ill
    Cause I had to steal to fill my stomach with a nice meal
    Too ashamed to walk the streets
    Wearing the same cheap sneaks and dirty outfits for weeks
    Even my holidays got damaged
    Cause on Christmas I asked Santa for a father and a hot sandwich
    I just can't take it
    And every day I ask myself, "How will I make it?"

    [Hook: Big L]
    It seems like my life's been cursed ever since I was a child
    And how will I make it? I won't, that's how
    I walk around with a frown, I got no reason to smile
    And how will I make it, I won't, that's how
    Aiyo times was rough, I had to grow up foul
    And how will I make it, I won't, that's how
    I always knew that I'd end up doing time on the Isle
    And how will I make it, I won't, that's how


    [Verse 2: Big L]
    Five years passed by, now I'm at the age of 15
    No more fun and games, it's time to get cream
    Cause I'm about to burst, it's like my life was cursed
    I went to church, prayed everyday and it still got worse
    Soon I ran into a couple of guns
    Started stalking the streets late, robbing suckers for funds
    Now everyday I creep with the heat, ain't nothing sweet
    I rob for meat, If I don't steal I don't eat
    Then I lost control and started going too far
    Robbed this brother named Umar then got snatched by the blue car
    Where I grew up it was a living Hell
    Then I started to realize, I'm better off in a prison cell
    Now I can sleep, now I can eat
    Can't hit skins, but I wasn't hitting skins when I was in the street
    Aiyo, I just can't take it
    And every day I ask myself, 'How will I make it?'

    [Hook]

    [Verse 3: Big L]
    Doing time was full of stress G
    All the fightings and stabbings and men finding men sexy
    One tried to test me didn't find it humorous
    Beat him with a pillowcase filled with cans of tuna fish
    My time came to a cease, I'm back on the streets again
    I hope I don't get snatched by the beast again
    But it's getting crazy hectic cause I'm broke, get up naked
    And can't get a job cause of my jail record
    Before you know it, I was robbing them same ducks
    I even started robbing homeless folks for their change cups
    My whole life was deserted
    Either I'ma go back to jail or get murdered, but do I deserve it?
    All I tried to do was live the one life that I got
    But it seems like I can't get a fair shot
    I just can't take it
    And every day I ask myself, 'How will I make it?'

    [Hook]

    [Outro: Big L]
    Word up man, it's real rough out here man
    In the ghetto, all you can wish for is a better tomorrow
    It ain't getting no better, it's only getting worse, word up...

  89. Mason Burrows

    J LOVE ON THE SIDE

  90. James Walker

    "How will I make it, I won't, that's how"

    Is an incredibly accurate description of how it all went down. Sad that he lived a life where he knew it.

  91. мясной особый

    🙏💥👌🤤

  92. Justin Brown

    If you ever been behind the fence or askin santa for a pops and a hot sandwich you straight feelin this dope ass tracc! R.I.P. Big L..rap game is shit without you here!