Today marks the 25th anniversary since the release of a hip-hop gem; Juice. This film shot in the early 90s starred Omar Epps, Khalil Kain, Jermaine Hopkins, and the legendary Tupac Shakur. In addition to the ensemble cast and a well-fitted soundtrack to match, the movie embodied the music (hip-hop/rap and the scratching of turntables), fashion trends (mixing of plaids + stripes and one hoop earring), and lifestyles (mobbin’ deep with your crew and skipping school for cigarettes and 40 ounces), which were all prevalent at the time. Recurring themes of loyalty, pride, and power presented themselves as the movie captured the essence of power-trips and struggles from members of the friend circle, how gritty the streets can really get, and the difficult process of figuring out who your real friends are. Juice was a movie that made you question what makes you have purpose. At the end when Q was told, “You got the juice now”, he was disgusted and didn’t want respect that way. Everyone has a different perspective of what “juice” is; some can say it’s money, power, respect, or a combination of all three but only you can determine what makes you feel worthy. You give life meaning, so if you feel like your life is meaningless, it’s no one’s fault but your own. The legacy of Juice is prominent in hip-hop and rap culture today as DJ culture has come back stronger than ever before with major producers like DJ Khaled, Metro Boomin’, and Noah ‘40’ Shebib solidifying a place for themselves in the history books during what I’d call another “golden age” of music. The influence is also shown as young rappers continue to promote savagery like 21 Savage (“Fuck a wedding ring, I bought a necklace”), A Boogie wit da Hoodie (“Think you calling shots? I make a call, nigga get you gone”), and Lil Uzi Vert (“Yeah, I took what was yours. I made her mine”). Some may say being a “savage” isn’t any way to live but others prove that being one is the only way to live by showcasing that being selfish isn’t really a bad thing. Despite all the unfortunate events that occurred in Juice, it was, honestly, real and that’s why it maintains its iconic status. if you grasp anything from the film, it should be a major question: If you know what you want and you’re all you’ve got at the end of the day, why not go out and get it? What’s stopping you?