Juicy J- Stay Trippy
Juicy J's rise to prominence as a solo artist has been ongoing for the last few years. His mixtapes with Lex Luger gained him a following of fans that was mostly independent from that of Three 6 Mafia's, and suddenly anticipation began to increase for a new proper solo album from Juicy-- something that did not exist for his previous solo efforts.
As effective as his formula was at the time, his teaming with Taylor Gang, and news that he'd be working with Dr. Luke gave fans mixed expectations for the album. Would it be a pop-crossover in the way Wiz's Rolling Papers was before it?
Turns out, Stay Trippy is a completely uncompromising new-school Memphis rap album. Utilizing the producers that have contributed to his resurgence (Mike WiLL, Lex Luger, his own work with Crazy Mike), as well as getting some slightly poppier (but never overboard) instrumentals from hitmaker Dr. Luke, Juicy creates an atmosphere that is completely his own.
Nodding to his past with features from literal bro Project Pat, and southern legend Pimp C, as well as working with new talent like Yelawolf, Lil Wayne, and 2 Chainz, Stay Trippy manages to sound both fresh and classic at the same time.