"What can I do for you?" "It's the other way around. Y'all got hit last night. That expensive, exclusive, hard-to-get hardware that Diamondback gave you is in a police evidence lockup. And the money that Domingo and his crew were supposed to give you is gone. I'm with Diamondback now. You knew that, right?" "Well, tell Diamondback, it's about time--" "Uh-uh Diamondback tells you." "I'm his number one seller." "I ain't here to spank you. But I do need to look you in your eyes Was it an inside job?" "No. Hell no."
"I can think of a few fools I'd love to baptize with that joint. How do I get 'em?" "One of two ways. You pay for it. Or you ask Diamondback to handle Carl Lucas for you." "I don't need Diamondback to handle my problems."
"Diamondback can front me. I'm good for it." "He ain't gonna front you a dime. You made too many mistakes." "He told you that?" "Does he have to?" "I'll call him my damn self." "He ain't the same Diamondback. If he does you this favor... he's taking Harlem from you. I'm just letting you know." "I'll get Domingo his guns, square everything away so Diamondback can front me the loan. Then I'll kill Cage so shit can get back to normal."
"The crimes you went to jail for, the torture you endured once you were inside, all me I'm afraid. Well not Reva's death, I just like saying her name just to watch you squirm." "You ruined my life." "I gave you wings! I sent you to hell and you come back with superpowers! Ain't that a bitch."
"My cousin has valuable assets and connections. I'll give them to you for a price." "And you walk away?" "I walk away." "Why do I find that hard to believe?" "Because you're smart and stupid at the same time." "Diamondback, what are you doing here?" "You invited me by not inviting me."
"Tell me why we should be friends." "Luke Cage. Clearly, we both have issues with him. I heard he killed your cousin. Allegedly. Rest assured, I will end him when the time is right. But the time is not right."
"I killed two birds with one stone by sticking a body on Luke Cage, he's hiding somewhere in the blessed aquarium, so I turned the heat up. Old Carl, he's either going to stand up and defend his name, or he's gonna run and hide like a bitch. Either way it doesn't matter, I've got the gun to take him out."
"Well you don't need to kill God with one shot to sell a weapon, you just need to make him bleed." "That's all well and good but whose going to be able to afford it?" "What price can you put on peace of mind?"
"Anybody ain't us is a hostage, make sure none of them look me in the eye. Lopes, Sugar, you're babysitting, move them up there and face them towards the wall, anybody resists blindfold 'em, too much lip, shoot 'em in the head, the rest will get the message."
"Carl, Carl, Carl, here you go again, bobbing and weaving because you're too scared to take a hit, it's just like I taught you in the ring, no matter how much you duck eventually you're gonna have to nuck and buck. If you don't surrender yourself and Misty Knight, I'm gonna kill a hostage every ten minutes, starting with Damon Boone."
"Pressure brings the best out of certain people. So where was I? Together we were bold. We stole a red Corvette, just like the song. Just for a joyride. You see, I was a Prince fan, and Carl was all about Michael. We were so busy arguing, we didn't even see the cop. But Carl was a Lucas. I was a Stryker. It was over before it even began. When it came time for sentencing, the preacher convinced the judge to let his golden boy join the Marines. Me? Juvie. Got jumped two days in. Boy drew a shank and I killed him in self-defense. So I got sent away to hard time. And sweet Dana? Oh, her cancer ate her alive and she died alone in a shelter without a friend in the world. You see, the good Reverend Lucas well, he stopped caring for her after I was gone. He was free of her and I was powerless. But she, oh... Oh, she still loved him and well, she wanted me to have something of my father's."
"Unpredictability gives us leverage." "All you're doing is scaring them, let me help you, what do you want?" "Reciprocity." "No one in the department is going to bow to terrorism." "Oh, I'm counting on that."
"I wish you could have met Dana, my mother." "She's beautiful." "Yes. She was a secretary for a big-time preacher. A bold, charismatic man who loved to talk loud and dress fancy." "Like you." "Exactly. They worked long, stressful hours and... Well, they had a lot of laughter in that back office. Something was bound to happen and it did. I was born. But he was married. And everything was good until the preacher's wife, two years later, had a baby boy. A miracle child. And everything changed. The great Reverend Lucas wasn't man enough to give his first son his last name. You see, I was still Willis Stryker. But his real son was Carl Lucas. But here's the crazy thing. Nobody said nothing. And Carl and I we grew up best friends, but there was all this tension. You could just feel it like a draft coming in from under a door. I just wanted him to see me. I was a good boy. I did well in school. But he always loved Carl more."
"Let her go." "Oh, we'll get to that." "Couldn't we have made amends a long time ago?" "Couldn't you have died during childbirth? Easy!" "I was sorry to hear about Dana. I always liked her." "I couldn't stand Etta! What a bitch!" "We have lethal rounds, Cage! We will use them!" "Gotta go! With that hostage you killed, they're gonna shoot first and ask questions later. Mariah supplied the force with some Judas two-point-ohs, so they won't bounce off ya! They'll STICK! You gonna run, Miracle Whip? Or you gonna save the damsel?" "Willis..." "Bye, Carl. Bye, Felicia!"
"I like you, Zip. You've got ambition. It'll take you far as long as you stay in your place. The first of the 48 laws of power. Never outshine the master. That was the mistake Shades made. He questioned me. He doubted me. He tried to reach too far. He was on some Icarus shit. Do you know who that is?" "Yeah, he had a verse with Kendrick, right?"
"I'm done, Willis. I'm not doing this anymore." "You ain't done. Not till one of us is dead." "You're more like Dad than you think. When I got shipped to Seagate he called me a mistake, too. I'm not paying for his sins anymore. And neither should you. You want me dead? Then kill me. Do it!"