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"Juicy" is the first single by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. from his 1994 debut album Ready to Die. It was produced by Poke of Trackmasters, Pete Rock, and Sean "Puffy" Combs. It contains a sample of Mtume's 1982 song "Juicy Fruit", but is directly sampled from the song's "Fruity Instrumental" mix and has an alternative chorus sung by girl group Total. The song is widely considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time.[1][2][3]

The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy.jpeg
Single by The Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Ready to Die
ReleasedAugust 9, 1994
GenreGangsta rap
  • Poke
  • Pete Rock
  • Sean Combs
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"Party and Bullshit"
"Big Poppa"
Music video
"Juicy" on YouTube



The song is a "rags-to-riches chronicle"[4] detailing The Notorious B.I.G.'s childhood years in poverty, his initial dreams of becoming a rapper and early musical influences, his time dealing drugs and being involved in crime, and his eventual success in the music business and current lavish lifestyle.

Production controversyEdit

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

Rock's remix for "Juicy" uses the same sample as the original. On the Juan Epstein podcast,[6] Rock discussed this briefly as well, saying that he has no hard feelings about how "Juicy" came about, but he wishes he'd gotten the proper credit, although he did harbor some ill feelings at one time.


  • Blender Magazine ranked it #168 on its Top 500 Songs of the 80s-00s list in 2005.[7]
  • Bruce Pollock put it on his The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 list in 2005.[7]
  • ego trip ranked it #1 on its Hip Hop's 40 Greatest Singles by Year 1980-98 list in 1999.[8]
  • Pitchfork Media ranked the song at #14 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[9]
  • Pop ranked it #1 on their Singles of the Year list in 1994.[7]
  • Q ranked "Juicy" the ninth greatest hip hop song of all time.[10]
  • Rolling Stone ranked the song #424 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[11]
  • Spex included it on The Best Singles of the Century list in 1999.[12]
  • The Boston Phoenix included it on their The 90 Best Songs of the 90s list in 1999.[13]
  • The Source included it on their The 100 Best Rap Singles of All Time list in 1998.[14]
  • VH1 ranked it #7 on its "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever", and #1 on its "40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the 90s".[15]

Track listingEdit

12 inchEdit


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


  1. "Juicy" (Instrumental) (5:05)
  2. "Unbelievable" (instrumental) (3:45)
  3. "Juicy" (remix instrumental) (4:43)

Official versionsEdit

  • "Juicy" (album version)
  • "Juicy" (instrumental) – 5:05
  • "Juicy" (dirty mix) – 5:05
  • "Juicy" (remix) – 3:42
  • "Juicy" (remix instrumental) – 4:43

Charts and certificationsEdit


  1. ^ The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time
  2. ^ 100 Best Rap Albums:
  3. ^ Top 100 Rap Songs
  4. ^ "Ready to Die at". Retrieved 2006-12-23.
  5. ^ Wax Poetic interview - Pete Rock - Archived 2012-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Fact: Ciph is a F*cking Douchebag!". Rosenberg Radio. 2008-05-23. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
  7. ^ a b c "Juicy at". Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  8. ^ "Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists at". Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  9. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
  10. ^ "150 Greatest Rock Lists Ever at". Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  11. ^ "Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  12. ^ "Die besten Singles aller Zeiten at". Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  13. ^ Pappademas, Alex. "Juicy from The Boston Phoenix". Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  14. ^ "100 Best Singles at". Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  15. ^ "The 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time (via VH1)". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "Notorious B.I.G: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  17. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "The Notorious B.I.G. Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  19. ^ "The Notorious B.I.G. Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  20. ^ Billboard Singles - AllMusic
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 15, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Juicy in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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