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    May 21, 2013

    A Guide To All The References In Biggie Smalls' "Juicy" For Millennials

    Yes, there was a time when being rich enough to own both a Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo was a really big thing.

    In honor of The Notorious B.I.G.'s birthday, here's a guide to all of the references in Biggie Smalls' "Juicy":

    Yeah, this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me
    I'd never amount to nothin', to all the people that lived above the
    buildings that I was hustlin' in front of that called the police on
    me when I was just tryin' to make some money to feed my daughters,
    and all the n---az in the struggle, you know what I'm sayin'?

    Uh-ha, it's all good baby bay-bee, uh

    It was all a dream / I used to read Word Up magazine

    Word Up was a very popular magazine in the 80s. It covered hip-hop, rap, and R&B predominantly. After a spotty publication history during the 90s and 2000s, the final issue came out in April of 2012.

    Salt'n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine

    Salt N' Pepa and Heavy D were both massive celebrities in the early 90s hip-hop and R&B realm. Salt N' Pepa are still touring, and had their own show on VH1 in 2007.

    Sadly, Heavy D died of a pulmonary embolism in 2011.

    Hangin' pictures on my wall / Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl

    Mr. Magic was a New York City DJ who ran the first exclusive rap radio show on a major station. Mr. Magic and Marley Marl, his DJ, stayed on the air for six years, helping bring early hip-hop to the mainstream.

    I let my tape rock 'til my tape popped

    Cassettes were like CDs but had tape in them like VHS and if you listened to the same one too many times it would break, also when you were done listening to a particular cassette the player would pop open. Biggie doesn't specify.

    Smokin' weed and Bambu, sippin' on private stock / Way back, when I had the red and black lumberjack / With the hat to match

    The red and black lumberjack with the hat to match is a reference to a very popular style of clothing in the early 90s, pictured above.

    Remember Rappin' Duke, duh-ha, duh-ha

    The "Rappin' Duke" is a hip-hop novelty song from the 70s that followed the story of a rapping John Wayne. The refrain of the song is "dah-ha, dah-ha."

    You never thought that hip hop would take it this far
    Now I'm in the limelight 'cause I rhyme tight
    Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade
    Born sinner, the opposite of a winner
    Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner

    Peace to Ron G, Brucey B, Kid Capri / Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski

    Ron G, Brucey B, Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex, and Lovebug Starski were all big names in the late 80s, early 90s hip-hop scene.

    I'm blowin' up like you thought I would
    Call the crib, same number same hood
    It's all good

    Uh, and if you don't know, now you know, n---a, uh

    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

    I made the change from a common thief / To up close and personal with Robin Leach

    Robin Leach, pictured right, was the narrator and host of Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous, a TV show that showcased the lavish homes of celebrities and the ultra-rich.

    And I'm far from cheap, I smoke skunk with my peeps all day
    Spread love, it's the Brooklyn way
    The Moet and Alize keep me pissy
    Girls used to diss me
    Now they write letters 'cause they miss me
    I never thought it could happen, this rappin' stuff
    I was too used to packin' gats and stuff
    Now honeys play me close like butter played toast
    From the Mississippi down to the east coast
    Condos in Queens, indo for weeks
    Sold out seats to hear Biggie Smalls speak
    Livin' life without fear
    Puttin' 5 karats in my baby girl's ears
    Lunches, brunches, interviews by the pool
    Considered a fool 'cause I dropped out of high school
    Stereotypes of a black male misunderstood
    And it's still all good

    Uh...and if you don't know, now you know, n---a

    Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis

    They were both very expensive video game systems.

    When I was dead broke, man I couldn't picture this / 50 inch screen, money green leather sofa

    TVs used to be very big and clunky. A 50-inch TV was very expensive; to compare, a 70-inch LED LCD TV nowadays would cost you around $2,000-$3,000.

    Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur
    Phone bill about two G's flat
    No need to worry, my accountant handles that
    And my whole crew is loungin'
    Celebratin' every day, no more public housin'
    Thinkin' back on my one-room shack
    Now my mom pimps a AC with minks on her back
    And she loves to show me off, of course

    Smiles every time my face is up in The Source

    The Source is a magazine that was founded in 1988 and is still running monthly.

    We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us
    No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us
    Birthdays was the worst days
    Now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay
    Uh, damn right I like the life I live
    'Cause I went from negative to positive
    And it's all...

    (It's all good)

    ...and if you don't know, now you know,
    Uh, uh...and if you don't know, now you know,
    Uh...and if you don't know, now you know,

    Representin' B-Town in the house, Junior M.A.F.I.A., mad flavor, uh / Uh, yeah, a-ight

    The Junior M.A.F.I.A. was a hip-hop group formed and mentored by Biggie Smalls. The group included Lil' Cease, MC Klepto, Banger, Nino Brown, Lil' Kim, Chico Del Vec, Blake C, Capone, and Bugsy all during different incarnations. The group became defunct in 1997 after the death of Biggie Smalls, though three original members released an album in 2007.