G.O.A.T.: Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)

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Every line is a masterpiece: “Born sinner, the opposite of a winner/Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner…”  Juicy is an origin story.  It’s nostalgic without being cloying, it pays tributes to the greats without cribbing from them, it tells of growing up poor and black without using it as an excuse to become a gangster.  “Considered a fool cause I dropped out of high school/Stereotypes of a black male misunderstood/And it’s still all good.”  And most of all, it’s full of B.I.G.’s love of hip hop.

My favorite couplet: “We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us/No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us/Birthdays was the worst days/Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay…”

So why is it called Juicy?  Because it’s framed around a sample from “Juicy Fruit” by Mtume.

Further listening: You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You, Mo Money Mo Problems, Big Poppa.

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