IT WAS ALL A DREAM
“It was all a dream” is the beginning verse one of “Juicy“, a single by American hip hop artist The Notorious B.I.G. and his solo debut single from his 1994 album Ready to Die. The song is a “rags-to-riches chronicle” detailing his early years in poverty, his initial dreams of becoming a rap artist and early influences, his time in drugs and crime, and his eventual success in the music business and current lavish lifestyle. In the song, he makes a statement to his success as “Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade”, referencing the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. This lyric is unrelated to the September 11 attacks, which occurred seven years later.
SARTERI chose this sentence because it became at that time icon of the brand new, 90′s american dream. Rappers grown up in poverty were walking their path to the top of society. “It was all a dream” is perceived by the Artist also as an ode to the failure of that dream-system since Notorius gets killed in suspicious circumstances in LA in 1997. The words get semi-covered with colored dashes stated in the colors of the national flag of the United States of America. In Sarteri’s approach words get their evidence replaced, and acquire an iconic visual presence.
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