More than 15 years after the late Notorious B.I.G. dropped “Big Poppa,” a heated lyrical debate has reignited on Twitter. On the track Biggie raps in part, “A T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape.”
Is Biggie referring to grape juice, soda, or maybe even jelly? Inquiring minds want to know.
As Rap Genius points out the answer is likely juice, if you take a closer look at the line proceeding the Welch’s mention. Biggie spits: “We can rendezvous at the bar around 2,” which clearly means he’s meeting a lady at the club, so they can leave for some late night fun.
Meanwhile, the next line, “So we can steam on the way to the telly, go fill my belly,” is a pretty clear reference to an after hours breakfast situation. If you’ve ever partied in New York, you know that eating breakfast after the club is a pretty common practice.
When’s the last time a person had grape soda with breakfast? Furthermore, Welch’s is most commonly known for their grape jelly and juice.
Since the Brooklyn MC didn’t mention toast (even though some people are saying that it’s implied), and he’s not here to clear it up for us, let’s all just assume he meant the latter.
It makes the most sense.
What do you think?
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