Juicy (The Notorious B.I.G. song)

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"Juicy"
Single by The Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Ready to Die
Released August 8, 1994
Format CD
Recorded 1994
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:03
Label Bad Boy, Arista
Writer(s) Christopher Wallace, Hunter McIntosh, Sean Combs, Pete Rock, Trackmasters
Producer(s) Poke of Trackmasters, Pete Rock
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"Flava in Ya Ear (remix)"
(1994)
"Juicy"
(1994)
"Big Poppa"
(1995)

"Juicy" is a single by American hip hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. and his solo debut single from his 1994 debut album Ready to Die. It was produced by Poke of Trackmasters & Sean "Puffy" Combs. It is a sample of Mtume's "Juicy Fruit", but samples from the song's "Fruity Instrumental" mix, and has an alternative chorus sung by girl group Total. The song is considered by Rolling Stone, The Source and About.com as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time.[1][2][3] The song has sold over 607,000 copies.

After the death of The Notorious B.I.G. in March 1997, a tribute version of this song was made in his honor by the R&B musical group Next with mostly alternate lyrics. There have also been redos by many other hip hop artists.

Content[edit]

The song is a "rags-to-riches chronicle"[4] detailing his early years in poverty, his initial dreams of becoming a rap artist and early influences, his time in drugs and crime, and his eventual success in the music business and current lavish lifestyle.

In the song, he makes a statement to his success as "Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade", referencing the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Production controversy[edit]

Producer Pete Rock alleged that Puffy stole the idea for the original song's beat after hearing it from him during a visit. Rock explained this in an interview with Wax Poetics:[5]

I did the original version, didn't get credit for it. They came to my house, heard the beat going on the drum machine, it's the same story. You come downstairs at my crib, you hear music. He heard that shit and the next thing you know it comes out. They had me do a remix, but I tell people, and I will fight it to the end, that I did the original version of that. I'm not mad at anybody, I just want the correct credit.

Rock's remix for "Juicy" uses the same sample as the original.

On the Juan Epstein podcast,[6] Pete Rock discussed this briefly as well, mentioning that it was he has no hard feelings about how "Juicy" came about, just that he had wished he'd gotten the proper credit, although he did harbor some ill feelings at one time.

Chart positions[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 72
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[8] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 27
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
US Hot Rap Singles (Billboard)[11] 1

Reception[edit]

  • Blender Magazine ranked it #168 on its Top 500 Songs of the 80s-00s list in 2005.[12]
  • Bruce Pollock put it on his The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 list in 2005.[12]
  • ego trip ranked it #1 on its Hip Hop's 40 Greatest Singles by Year 1980-98 list in 1999.[13]
  • Pop ranked it #1 on their Singles of the Year list in 1994.[12]
  • Q magazine ranked "Juicy" the ninth greatest hip hop song of all time.[14]
  • Spex included it on The Best Singles of the Century list in 1999.[15]
  • The Boston Phoenix included it on their The 90 Best Songs of the 90s list in 1999.[16]
  • The Source included it on their The 100 Best Rap Singles of All Time list in 1998.[17]
  • It has since been certified by RIAA as 5x Platinum.[18]
  • VH1 ranked it #7 on its "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever", and #1 on its "40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the 90s".
  • Pitchfork Media ranked the song at #14 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[19]

Albums containing "Juicy"[edit]

Single tracklist[edit]

12 inch[edit]

A-Side

  1. Juicy (Dirty Mix) (5:05)
  2. Unbelievable (3:45) (Produced by DJ Premier)
  3. Juicy (Remix) (4:42) (Produced by Pete Rock)

B-Side

  1. Juicy (Instrumental) (5:05)
  2. Unbelievable (Instrumental) (3:45)
  3. Juicy (Remix Instrumental) (4:43)

Official versions[edit]

  • "Juicy" (Album Version)
  • "Juicy" (Instrumental) - 5:05
  • "Juicy" (Dirty Mix) - 5:05
  • "Juicy" (Remix) - 3:42
  • "Juicy" (Remix Instrumental) - 4:43

References[edit]