Music analysis Biggie smalls Juicy

The song I choose to speak to you about is Juicy by Notorious B.I.G. This song was released on august 8th 1994 on Bad boy/Arista record label. The producers are Poke of Trackmaster and Sean puffy Combs. The songs melody is sampled from Tmune’s song Juicy Fruit. Total is singing the chorus on the record. Juicy is one of biggie smalls most famous records. It’s a rags to riches story but from an unconventional way. This song has influence many rappers along the years. It is also seen as an icon song for most people in the rap industry.
Juicy starts off with a hi-hat and a low key piano in the background. Mean while you hear the R&B group Total singing softly and Notorious starts talking about how his teachers thought he wouldn’t amount to anything and how people in his building would call the police while he was hustling to make sure he made money to feed his daughter. He speaks through these words doesn’t start a flow yet. It’s like he was making an announcement that he has arrived.
When the bass comes in Biggie starts his first verse with a nice calm flow. Then there is a guitar that starts playing. While rapping Notorious acts like he is laughing and ask a rhetorical question to his friend duke. The line says “Remember rapping duke duh-h, duh-ha you never thought that hip hop would take this far.” With this quote Biggie is saying even though his friend believed in him, he didn’t know that he was going to make this big in the music industry. In the same verse he uses a simile that isn’t a common use that people would use. The line he used is “time to get paid, blow up like the world trade.” Now if you think about it now you would say it was very insensitive of him to use that line because of 9/11. Since the song was made in 1994 he is talking about when there was an attempt to blow up the world trade in 1993. So with that line he is comparing himself to how large his career will be.
Notorious is a story telling rapper. When you hear his rhymes he is very descriptive in what he is saying. It’s like you were right there when it happen as you listen to him speak. When the first verse is over the group Total starts singing the chorus. The words to the chorus are:
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

When the chorus starts the beat gets a little softer and Total harmonizes over the track with those inspirational words. As the second verse starts the beat comes back like the beginning of the song and Biggie flow is amazing. He starts talking about how he didn’t believe this rapping stuff word work and he would smoke weed with his friends all day. Biggie even says spread love like it’s the Brooklyn way even though he just mention that he change from being a common thief from Brooklyn. He is speaking from the heart and rhymes like he is having a conversation with you, but he is rapping. Towards the end of the second verse you have one of the girls from Total harmonizing over biggie rapping to make a great end to a verse.
As the third verse starts you hear Biggie Smalls rap flow gets a little bit more excited he not is not as calm as in the beginning. He starts the verse of saying “Super Nintendo Sega Genesis when I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this.” This is his last verse and he starts to brag about the things that he has accomplished because of how far he came in the rap game. Towards the end of the song the beat still goes on and biggie stops rapping and starts talking again and says representing B-town in the house. He does that just to show respect to where he is from and what made it possible for him to tell his story.

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  31.   Top Beat Software on May 24th, 2015

    Hahaha I love Juicy by the Notorious B.I.G. I didn’t know the song was sampled from Tmune’s song Juicy Fruit though?

    But when you think about it all songs these days are sampled from the good old songs from the past…..

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