The Notorious B.I.G. Vividly Captures The Reality Of The Drug Game In “Everyday Struggle”

Bringing back a classic Biggie record to celebrate the anniversary of “Ready To Die.”

BYAron A.
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25 years ago today, The Notorious B.I.G. shifted the rap game with his debut album. Ready To Die is often regarded as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- debut album in the history of hip-hop. Today, we bring back a classic, but often overlooked, cut from Biggie's debut album to celebrate its release.

The thing about Ready To Die is that Biggie essentially laid down the template of what a great rapper should be. Throughout the project, Biggie captures the ups-and-downs of a crime of life. On "Everyday Struggle," the rapper details the emotions and thoughts of being in the drug game and not being able to get out. But ultimately, Big relates to the fact that he and his friend are in it to provide for their families by any means necessary.

Quotable Lyrics
I don't wanna live no more
Sometimes I hear death knockin' at my front door
I'm livin' everyday like a hustle, another drug to juggle
Another day, another struggle

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.