“Sky’s The Limit” is a rag-to-riches story—the three verses describe different parts of Biggie’s life. The track went gold in 1998, after his death.

Biggie first describes his early years, when he was still in school. Even though he had always been a proficient student, his mother recalled that after being transferred to George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, the same school that Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, and DMX attended, he started to develop a “smart-ass” attitude, as portrayed in the movie Notorious.

Biggie started dealing drugs when he was 12, but his mom found out years later and kicked him out. Then he had younger people dealing on the corner for him, and this is the period described in the second verse that eventually led him to a nearly ten month-long incarceration.

Finally, on the third verse, Biggie reflects on the faults of the drug dealing life, which persuaded him to become a rapper.