August 1994: Notorious B.I.G. Debuts with "Juicy"

Submitted by notoriousclassics on Tue, 10/20/2020 - 19:46

The legend Notorious B.I.G. arrived fully formed on August 9, 1994, with the release of his debut single, "Juicy." The song hit the hip-hop nation like a bomb, reverberating out of summer cruising car stereos and storefront bodegas across America.

Produced by Poke of the Trackmasters and Sean Combs, the song's smooth, laid-back groove comes courtesy of a substantial sample of Mtume's 1983 hit, "Juicy Fruit." The idea for using the R&B classic for a hip-hop track was inspired by iconic producer Pete Rock, who claims that Combs stole it for "Juicy."