Juicy is the penultimate Hip Hop song in so many ways. Making something out of nothing. Reconciling a dark past with a bright future. Dreams inching towards and then fast-forwarding to reality. And all the while trying trying to maintain integrity and sense of self. 

Biggie encapsulated this, and perhaps his career, in that first line: It was all a dream. He has appealed to every Hip Hop audience since first landing on the scene, combining witty phrasing of observations of street life, with braggadocio so cool and confident that you were forced to agree. He could be menacing and light-hearted, hopeful and dejected, grim and hopeful. 

And, damn, could he double-time. 

We’ll always miss Big Poppa.