"Life's a Bitch"
You got to credit [guest rapper] AZ with that, you know? Each record [on Illmatic] was an extension of the last record. That just went off. "Life’s a Bitch" summed up my expression and my message of who I was at the time. The overarching message was that there’s more to life than what most people may think. In the beginning, I say, "Clothes, bankrolls and hoes" and it’s gotta be more to life than that. I wrote, "I woke up early on my born day/I’m 20/It's a blessing" and that feeling of being alive was strong. I had already felt like I’d been through a lot and I was just happy to be alive.