A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 07, 2018
“We’re all in the same game, just different levels”

"We’re all in the same game, just different levels. Dealing with the same hell, just different devils” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The saying comes from the Yankers rapper Jadakiss and the song “Big Dog Status,” on the album The Champ is Here Pt. 2 (2009).

“Different levels, different devils” was probably inspired by Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. “I will never forget what I heard one preacher say. ‘Different levels bring different devils’” was printed in a 2008 book. “Different level, different devil” was published in a 2009 book.


Wikipedia: Jadakiss
Jason Phillips (born May 27, 1975), better known as Jadakiss, is an American rapper. He is a member of the group The LOX and the hip hop collective Ruff Ryders. Jadakiss is one of the three owners of the imprint known as D-Block Records. In early 2007, Jadakiss signed to Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Records. Jadakiss has also released four studio albums, with the most recent being Top 5 Dead or Alive on November 20, 2015.

Wikipedia: Inferno (Dante)
Inferno (pronounced [imˈfɛrno]; Italian for “Hell") is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. The Inferno tells the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth; it is the “realm ... of those who have rejected spiritual values by yielding to bestial appetites or violence, or by perverting their human intellect to fraud or malice against their fellowmen”. As an allegory, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.

Genius.com
Big Dog Status
Jadakiss
Produced by Phonix Beats & DJ Green Lantern
Album The Champ is Here Pt. 2

(...)
We all in the same game just different levels
Dealing with the same hell just different devils

Google Books
Lessons Learned in Obscurity
By Ken Duggan
Xulon Press (XulonPress.com)
2008
Pg. 77:
I will never forget what I heard one preacher say. “Different levels bring different devils.”

Google Books
Rite of Passage: Fundamental Dynamics of Faith:
The Act & Process

By Ian Traill
Waurn Ponds, Geelong, Victoria, Australia: Trailblazer Ministries
2009
Pg. 23:
As we move in God we can say, “Different level, different devil”.

Twitter
Mr.Robotic
@goRobotic
“WE All in the game just different levels/we all in the same hell just different devils"-Jadakiss WOOT WOOT
7:48 PM - 11 Feb 2009

Twitter
Dom Corleone
@DomCorleone
We all in the game, just different levels.. Dealin with the same hell, just different devils. (c) Jadakiss .. Morning Twitter
7:35 AM - 12 Feb 2009

Twitter
Curtis Joseph
@TheNotorious
Quote of the Day: “We’re all in the game, just on different levels. Dealing with same hell, just different Devils.”
1:47 PM - 12 Mar 2009

YouTube
BIG DOG STATUS - JADAKISS
23sLIKEJORDAN
Published on Apr 3, 2009
JADAKISS BIG DOG STATUS ; HIP HOP MUSIC 23sLIKEJORDAN
2:15
“We all in the same game just different levels. Dealing with the same hell just different devils.”

Twitter
iDesignedMyself
@_Made
We All in Da Same Game… Jus Different levels… Dealin Wit da Same Hell… Jus Different Devils- JADAKISS.
1:29 PM - 7 Apr 2009

6 July 2013, Pakistan Press International (Karachi), “US, Israel blamed for toppling democracy in Egypt”:
Shakoor said though in Pakistan we have some democracy, but overall the whole Muslim world is going through the same game, just different levels. He said they are dealing with the same hell, just different devils.

BuzzFeed
12 Quotes Commonly Misattributed To Shakespeare
Alas poor Yorick, you could have googled.

Posted on March 20, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
Krutika Mallikarjuna
BuzzFeed Staff
(...)
8. “We’re all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.”
Where it’s actually from: Tumblr staaahp, this is a Jadakiss song.

7 April 2014, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA), Young At Heart: The Obscuse Stays Independent In Musical Style And Approach To Life” by Laura Rysz:
The concept of their debut album “Different Devils for Different Levels” is inspired by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Dante’s “Inferno” is a trip through the nine levels of hell.

10 April 2016, Sunday Independent (Dublin, Ireland), “Feline Fine: This week, it’s all about ‘cat eyes’ to pep up your peepers! Catwoman Triona McCarthy tracks down the perfect products, tips and tricks for the purr-fect sexy look,” pg. 38:
“We’re all in the same game—just different levels.
“Dealing with the same hell, just different devils.”

I’m not sure who wrote this quote, but the point is, life can be a struggle sometimes.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Wednesday, March 07, 2018 • Permalink