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Juicy Fruit

Mtume

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By the time Juicy Fruit appeared in 1983, Mtume had dropped any lingering indicators of the satiny '70s and completely refurbished their sound for the tough and glossy '80s. The production is at once more skeletal but also more muscular than on previous albums. “Green Light” reduces the beat to a bulbous bassline and the consistent crack of a drum machine. A twinkling of keyboard and guitar is the only extraneous decoration. In an era before hip-hop took over, songs like “Hips” and “Hip Dip Skippedabeat” assumed the demeanor of what would become gangsta rap: cold, slow, ineffably heavy. The title song—clearly the album’s boldest and most beautiful work—became a huge hit, and was subsequently canonized after the Notorious B.I.G. adapted it for his career-defining rap anthem “Juicy.” As a funk-laden pop song, it's a masterpiece; there's something undeniably human about the melody and the way Tawatha Agee sings it, even as the beat’s roomy beat leaves an eerie chill in its wake. The instrumental reprise (“The After 6 Mix

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One Great Song

This is one of The Greatest songs of all time. I love the beat and the vocals. As a child that has grew up in a family that loves music i know a thing or two about good music and this is good music.

Where's the video?

I love the song Juicy Fruit. Any chance Itunes can add the video? I'd love it if I could get ahold of that.

I like it!

I like this song partially because it has a good beat and great vocals, but also because the beat for this song was used for the song "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. They are both great songs and I recommend buying them.

Biography

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s

A former jazz percussionist, Mtume moved into urban contemporary and funk in the late '70s and became one of the more successful producers and performers in both styles during the '80s. The son of the great jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, Mtume was a conga player and percussionist who recorded and toured with Miles Davis and was featured on albums by the Heath Brothers, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard. He even recorded as a bandleader for Strata-East before turning...
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