Some would argue that this song was a classic the moment it was released. “Juicy” was his solo debut single from the 1994 debut album Ready to Die. The song is a “rags-to-riches chronicle” detailing his early years in poverty, his initial dreams of becoming a rap artist, early influences, his time in drugs and crime, and his eventual success in the music business and current lavish lifestyle.
Produced by Poke of Trackmasters & Sean “Puffy” Combs, “Juicy” contains a sample of Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit. “Rolling Stone” and “The Source” magazines have listed this song as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time.