This week on Beats & Eats, we're diggin' in to something real Juicy, so stay in your seats for cause we're serving up something a little extra hearty.
Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die
As we have just passed the 17th anniversary of Biggie's tragic death in 1997, it's only fitting to cover one of my (and many others') favorite hip hop albums of all time, Ready to Die. Nearly 20 years ago, east-coast rapper Biggie Smalls dropped his acclaimed debut album in September, 1994. Big no doubt kept it real with his liquid flow, painting lyrical pictures of growing up in New York City and telling stories of autobiographical experiences like exploits of violence, drugs, sex, and suicide with utmost honesty. Singles like "Juicy" and "Big Poppa" are recognized immediately by anyone that claims to like rap, and continue to be an influence on the game to this day. Now, what's on the menu?
"so we can steam on the way to the telly, go fill my belly, a T-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch's grape"
Being undoubtedly one of the greats in hip-hop history, the Notorios B.I.G. certainly deserves a big meal to match his reputation; and a big meal it is for Biggie Smalls. If Biggie's flow was a meal it would have to be none other than a big hearty steak, to go with his heavy and impactful flow. Of course, it's a luxurious meal eaten by the best. Biggie often didn't hesitate to testify about his success and his rags-to-riches story. Many of his rhymes consist of him describing in great detail the perks of his wealth, from chauffeurs to jacuzzis to champagne, and yes even steak. Next time, have one of these and start bumping Ready to Die in honor of Big. After all, what's better than a juicy steak to "Juicy"?