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Juicy

The Notorious B.I.G.

Juicy Lyrics

[Intro: The Notorious B.I.G.]
('Fuck all you hoes!' Get a grip, motherfucker!)
Yeah, this album is dedicated
To all the teachers that told me I'd never amount to nothin'

To all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin' in front of
Called the police on me when I was just tryin' to make some money to feed my daughter (it's all good)

And all the niggas in the struggle
You know what I'm sayin'? It's all good, baby baby


[Verse 1: The Notorious B.I.G.]
It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine
Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin' pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
I let my tape rock 'til my tape popped
Smokin' weed in Bambu, sippin' on Private Stock
Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack
With the hat to match

Remember Rappin' Duke? Duh-ha, duh-ha
You never thought that hip-hop would take it this far

Now I'm in the limelight 'cause I rhyme tight
Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade
Born sinner, the opposite of a winner
Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner
Peace to Ron G, Brucie B, Kid Capri
Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski

I'm blowin' up like you thought I would
Call the crib, same number, same hood, it's all good
And if you don't know, now you know, nigga

[Hook: Total]
You know very well
Who you are
Don't let 'em hold you down
Reach for the stars
You had a goal
But not that many
'Cause you're the only one
I'll give you good and plenty


[Verse 2: The Notorious B.I.G.]
I made the change from a common thief
To up close and personal with Robin Leach and I'm far from cheap

I smoke skunk with my peeps all day
Spread love, it's the Brooklyn way
The Moët and Alizé keep me pissy, girls used to diss me
Now they write letters 'cause they miss me

I never thought it could happen, this rapping stuff
I was too used to packing gats and stuff

Now honeys play me close like butter play toast
From the Mississippi down to the East Coast

Condos in Queens, indo for weeks
Sold out seats to hear Biggie Smalls speak
Living life without fear
Puttin' five karats in my baby girl ear
Lunches, brunches, interviews by the pool
Considered a fool 'cause I dropped out of high school
Stereotypes of a black male misunderstood
And it's still all good
And if you don't know, now you know, nigga

[Hook: Total]
You know very well
Who you are
Don't let 'em hold you down
Reach for the stars
You had a goal
But not that many
'Cause you're the only one
I'll give you good and plenty


[Verse 3: The Notorious B.I.G.]
Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
When I was dead broke, man, I couldn't picture this

50-inch screen, money-green leather sofa
Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur
Phone bill about two G's flat
No need to worry, my accountant handles that
And my whole crew is loungin'
Celebrating every day, no more public housin'
Thinkin' back on my one-room shack

Now my mom pimps an Ac' with minks on her back
And she loves to show me off of course
Smiles every time my face is up in The Source
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 thirsty

Uh, damn right I like the life I live
'Cause I went from negative to positive

And it's all… (It's all good, nigga)
And if you don't know, now you know, nigga

[Hook: Total & The Notorious B.I.G.]
You know very well
Who you are
Don't let 'em hold you down

And if you don't know, now you know, nigga
Reach for the stars
You had a goal
But not that many
'Cause you're the only one
I'll give you good and plenty

And if you don't know, now you know, nigga

[Ad-Libs: The Notorious B.I.G.]
Representin' B-Town in the house
Junior Mafia, mad flavor
Uh, uh, yeah, a'ight

[Hook: Total]
You know very well
Who you are
Don't let 'em hold you down
Reach for the stars
You had a goal
But not that many
'Cause you're the only one
I'll give you good and plenty


[Outro: Puff Daddy & Total]
Biggie Smalls, it's all good, nigga
Junior Mafia, it's all good, nigga
Bad Boy, it's all good, nigga
It's all good
That's right, '94
And on and on, and on and on
You know very well
It's all good
Who you are
Yeah…
Don't let 'em hold you down
Reach for the stars

[Produced by Pete Rock and Poke of Trackmasters]

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About “Juicy”

“Juicy” is the first single from Big’s debut album, Ready to Die, and is the track that established him as a titan.

It was one of the first mainstream rap songs about a rapper’s own rise to the top. But beyond that, this is also the story of how hip-hop itself became popular.

The title is derived from Mtume’s 1983 hit “Juicy Fruit” – Tony Humphries' “Fruity Instrumental” remix was sampled directly for the beat. The chorus of “Juicy” is a flip of Mtume’s chorus with slightly different words, sung by (uncredited) R&B girl group Total.

  • What has Pete Rock said about the song?

    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.

    Pete Rock via Wax Poetic

  • What have the Trackmasters said about the song?

    Poke: “This goes back to the whole block party thing. Puff said, ‘Yo ‘Juicy Fruit’ is a hot record to jack.’ OK. I went home, we put the shit together, came back to the studio, Biggie rhymed, and that was it. That’s the whole story.

    I don’t know where Pete Rock came from [saying he did the original version]. Maybe Puff tried to get Pete to do it and maybe it didn’t come out the way he meant it. That could have happened prior to it coming for us to do. But that’s really what it was.

    You know what it is also? Because of what we knew about how to chop records up, people had ideas of using things, but they could not get the proper elements they needed to make a verse, a hook, and a bridge.

    But we had the Fadies formula on how to just take anything. I don’t give a fuck what the record is—we can make it happen. We did that and that’s how ‘Juicy’ came about. Like I said, maybe they tried to do it prior to that and it didn’t work out, but that was the end result. That was the second time [we felt successful]. Working with G Rap was the first.

    The other thing about the business that we didn’t know is the viability of having a Top 10 record on the charts. We didn’t know what the fuck that was. People were like, ‘You know you got a Top 10 record?’ We were like, ‘So what?’”

    Tone: “Billboard didn’t mean anything to us.”

    Poke: “We in the fucking arcade playing video games.”

    Tone: “There used to be an arcade around 47th and Broadway and there used to be a basketball video game called Run and Gun. We used to go in there and play it all the time. One day, Steve Stoute was in there playing.

    We started playing Run and Gunagainst each other for hours. We got to talking and it turns out he was down with Kid ‘n Play. We were absolutely not interested in Kid 'n Play, but we maintained a relationship with each other.

    One day, I seen him in the studio. He was working with an artist called Bass Blaster. I went up there playing some tracks for Bass Blaster. We knew each other, we were friends, so we had a meeting at RCA Records.

    While in the meeting, Steve said I’ll be right back and went to the other room. He came back like 15 minutes later and said, ‘I just got fired. Do you guys need a manager?’ And that was it. RCA let him go from that day and he became our manager.”

    Poke: “Steve just wanted us to understand who we were and where we were in the game. We didn’t understand any of that because we didn’t really understand the business like that. He was trying to make us aware of our value.

    When we got with Steve Stoute and he became our manager, he showed us the viability of what that was. At the time, we had Soul For Real, Mary J. Blige, and Biggie all on the Top 10 charts. Steve was like, ‘Do you know who you niggas are?’ We’re like, ‘What are you talking about, man? Let me finish playing fucking video games. I don’t fucking care.’”

    Tone: “He’d be like, ‘You know how hot you guys are?’ We’d be like, ‘No.’ When Steve came in, he was able to capitalize on the success that we were having. The success that we were having wasn’t being celebrated by anybody. It was kind of just, ‘You can go get those guys any time you want. They’re right there. They’ll be here tomorrow.’”

    via Complex

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