Throw It Back Track: Mtume’s “Juicy” Inspired Keyshia Cole & Tamar Braxton

If you don't know … now you know. This song has been sampled time and time again. It gives you that feeling no matter where you are … in a red-light party, grooving at a BBQ or just bumping in the car.

Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” is a song written by James Mtume and released as the lead-off single from Mtume's sixth album, also titled Juicy Fruit. The mid-tempo song is arguably Mtume's most well-known hit, proving enormously successful on R&B radio stations when first released. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart on June 4, 1983 (1983 was a good year lol.) and remained there for 8 weeks. The single remarkably became a certified one million seller on July 25th, 1983 without even becoming a Top 40 hit.

The song has been prominently sampled by hip-hop artists throughout the years, most notably by The Notorious B.I.G. on his debut solo single "Juicy". Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go" and Tamar Braxton's "The One" are two R&B jams that have also used "Juicy" for sampling purposes.

Keyshia Cole – Let It Go ft. Missy Elliott & Lil Kim

Tamar Braxton – The One