McDaniels noticed Juice was the first film project he ever worked on, and Diddy was working on a film with Andre Harrell before he was fired from Uptown Records. As expected, the would-be Bad Boy mogul didn’t let an obstacle stop his ambitions.
“When we shot Juice… Andre Harrell shot [a movie that] Puff was working on,” McDaniels recalled, “Puff got fired from that movie and he said, ‘Ralph, you’re working on Juice, I want to be a bishop. I saw the script. Bishop, it is I!’
“And I was like, ‘But we already got someone to be Bishop, the only one cast is Tupac.’ [Diddy] was like, ‘Nah, I’m from Harlem, Ralph, think about it. Think about it. The script, it’s me.’ And I was like ‘That’s it [going to be] difficult. That is it [going to be] difficult.”
Published on January 17, 1992, Juice is a coming-of-age film that tells about the life of Roland Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Quincy “Q” Powell (Omar Epps), Raheem Porter (Khalil Kain) and Eric “Steel” Thurman (Jermaine ‘Huggy’ Hopkins) as they grow up in Harlem.
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, the film grossed over $20 million at the box office and became a cult classic. Accompanied by one of the best soundtracks from the 90s, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty by nature, EPMDand more are all involved.
“This is not just a me no. 1. It was Bryson Tiller’s record first,” he explained. “I did this R&B album and I’m a big Bryson Tiller fan and I had called him and I was like : ‘Man, I heard this record like you did. Is there any way you’d consider letting me use it on my album and drop it as my first single?”
“When I make a vulnerable record like that, you know, I usually have the best success,” Diddy added. “But it couldn’t happen without Bryson Tiller. He’s an amazing artist.”