April 24, 2009

Get a Grip

Boasting what are probably the most scandalous, “FCC Clean” lyrics we've played in a while, Mtume's “Juicy Fruit” was the lead track from the bands 1983 recording of the same name. James (Forman) Mtume was a hot, hot producer back then, having played percussion with Miles Davis during the early ’70s, and worked with Donny Hathaway and Roy Ayers among others later on in the ’70 and ’80s. He also produced Warren G's “Regulate...G Funk Era” in the ’90s.

Mtume - juicy fruit

This tune was made even more famous by the Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls for his rap version, “Juicy,” on the 1994 epic “Ready to Die.” Biggie's treatment laces in lyrical cameos by Mister Magic (aka Grover Washington Jr.) and DJ Marley Marl, who teamed up with MC Shan for the hip-hop classic, “Scratch,” which we also heard Wednesday. Another case of Biggie predicting the future before it happens, he also raps on this track about the now-popular lumberjack/hipster look and blowing up the world trade center. Remember, this is 1994. Check the uncensored version.


  1. Check out local heroes, Zion I's Juicy Juice