Juicy

Author

B.I.G, Notorious

Genre

Song

Overview

"Juicy" is a single by American hip hop artist, The Notorious B.I.G., and his solo debut single from his 1994 debut album, Ready to Die. "Juicy" is a rags-to-riches chronicle, detailing The Notorious B.I.G.'s (also known as Biggie Smalls) early years in poverty, his dreams of becoming a rap artist, his time in drugs and crime, and his eventual success and current lavish lifestyle. The song brings up questions about poverty, dreams, goals and what success looks like, particularly for young black men.

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Type

Audio

Themes

Identity and CommunityImpact and OutcomesMoney and WealthPoverty and NeedRace, Ethnicity and Culture

Big Questions

How do we define who we are?What should our goals be? What is the best way to identify them?

Audio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JZom_gVfuw

Sample Discussion Questions

  1. What are your first thoughts after hearing this song?
  2. How would you describe the life Biggie left behind? What challenges did he face?
  3. What's Biggie's life like now?
  4. What do you think Biggie means when he says, "Considered a fool 'cause I dropped out of high school. Stereotypes of a black male misunderstood?” What did people misunderstand?
  5. "Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis… 50 inch screen, money green leather sofa… a limousine with a chauffeur.” Does Biggie’s image of success match up with yours?
  6. Are there any parts of this song that frustrate you or rub you the wrong way?
  7. What are your dreams and goals? What would you need to make those dreams or goals happen? Do they feel possible to you?
  8. Would your community celebrate your dreams and goals if you achieved them? Could you see yourself writing an "I told you so" song like Biggie?
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