Producer: Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jean "Poke" Oliver, Pete Rock
Album: Ready To Die
Label: Bad Boy
“Juicy” was Christopher Wallace vindicated. The song served as the world's official introduction to The Notorious B.I.G., an unlikely rap star who conquered the mean streets of Brooklyn to turn his life from negative to positive. We'd already heard a few grimy tracks from Biggie, but this glossy first single off Ready To Die was his true coming-out party.
Cleaned up for the world to see, Big gave us a first-hand account of transitioning from life in a one-room shack, to having two rides and a limousine with a chauffeur. Even if the tale wasn't 100% accurate, you couldn't help but root for the big guy who'd gone from selling crack to feed his daughter to getting "up close and personal with Robin Leach."
Over a flip of Mtume's “Juicy Fruit,” Big's rags-to-riches tale warmed hearts across the globe—resonating with street hustlers and suburban kids alike. He truly spread love the Brooklyn way. And if you don't know, now you know.