After a resurgence in his career and a brand new label to call home, former Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J proves he is invincible with "Stay Trippy."
Few rappers get a second life in the rap game. Itâs nearly unheard of to lap around the competition a third time around. But then again Juicy J is not the typical rapper. He started out with his fellow Memphis native rappers and friends DJ Paul and Lord Infamous to form Three 6 Mafia in the early 90âs. A classic hip-hop come-up story, the trio dove head-first into a non-stop grind of hustling mixtapes out of the back of car trunks until they finally caught on with âSippin On Some Syrupâ and a platinum selling album in 2000. Another relatively quiet six years followed when Three 6 Mafia saw a rebirth with an Academy Award win for âItâs Hard Out Here For A Pimp,â the official song for 2005âs "Hustle & Flow"Â movie starring Terrence Howard.
Never quite reaching the fame and success of their earlier hits, Three 6 Mafia went through a shuffle in its line-up before there were just two standing: Juicy J and DJ Paul. Soon the group disbanded altogether. Juicy J kept himself busy by doing features with other rappers, one of them being Wiz Khalifa. By the end of 2011, Juicy J was signed under Khalifaâs Taylor Gang imprint and was soon joining the rest of the crew on various mixtapes. Then the strip club anthem âBandz A Make A Danceâ came along and Juicy J was once again a household name. With the lead single now a certified-platinum hit, Juicy J preps the release of his third solo album.
Although it suffered a series of setbacks and after a few release dates came and went, Stay Trippy finally hit the shelves as one of the last rap albums of the summer. 20 years into his rap career, the 38-year-old rapper has finally found a formula that works for him and he knows it. As the King of Trippy, Juicy Jâs third solo effort is a celebration of the fruits of his labor complete with kush, codeine, lean, Molly, Xanax and a few other tripadelic items.
Juicy J is truly on the top of his game when stays in his lame with the self-described âsimple rapsâ and discusses what he knows best. Joined by his boss Wiz Khalifa on âSmoke A Nigga,â Juicy J rhymes:
âPeeling bank rolls, condo full of bad bitches/ Lot of pills, lot of weed and a lot of liquor/ Sprinkle hash on a blunt, bitch Iâm rich and double cup/ Ainât no time being wasted, time to roller another up/ Trippy niggas getting high, man thatâs what we all do/ She know Iâm with them Taylors, wanna fuck the whole crewâ
Between the trips to space, Juicy J frequently reminds us that heâs amassed an insanely sizable amount of dough after 20 years in the game. In âSo Much Money,â Juicy J thumbs through so much money, he needs three hands to count it:
âI woke up in a Bugatti and parked it by my Ferrari/ Took my Rolex and chopped it and stuffed it in my Buggari/ I got your bitch on a Molly, she ride me like a Ducati/ If giving head was a college, she would be summa cum laude/ She treat my dick like a pistol, I treat her face like a target/ I told em âBandz A Make Her Dance,â I turned my head, that shit chartedâ
Though much of the album is about enjoying the fruits of his labor, he does revert back to the old Juicy J circa the Hustle Til I Die album in âNo Heart No Love.â Teaming up with his older brother Project Pat, J warns those that mess with his money:
âI tell you one time, donât play with my bread/ Nigga, you do, they gonna find yo ass dead/ Body in trunk, hands tied to yo legs/ Tape on yo mouth, a hole in yo head/ Fronted some dope, now the nigga in debt/ How you gonna pay that? Nigga, donât sweat/ Goons on deck. You know whatâs next/ Send âem to yo house, now itâs time to collect"Â
For his third solo album, Juicy J enlists some big names for feature appearances. Alluding to a few surprises on the tracklist in an interview earlier this year, Juicy J resurrects the late great Pimp C for a verse on âSmokin Rollin.â Justin Timberlake hooks up once again with his favorite Memphis rapper for âThe Woods.â Wale and Trey Songz help Juicy J encourage the opposite sex to âBounce It.â Young Jeezy and Big SeanÂ lend their services in âShow Out.â
A$AP Rocky and Juicy J team up for âScholarship,â a song that encourages women to earn money for college by taking a page out of Miley Cyrusâ book and get to twerking. The song has caused a bit of controversy when Juicy J recently announced a grand prize of $50,000 to the woman age 18 to 25 thatâs currently enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college with the best twerking moves.
Juicy J has become one of the best when it comes to picking superb beats that goes with his cadence and sound of voice. Juicy Jâs selection of producers places the already sky high album into another atmosphere. Handling some of the production himself, Juicy J (with the help of Crazy Mike who offers his services on several songs from the album) turns Freda Payneâs âI Get High Off Your Memoryâ into âWax,â an ode to all things psychedelic. Aside from âBandz A Make Her Dance,â Mike Will Made It provides much of the production bringing his signature strip club feel to every beat. Lex Luger, Dr. Luke (who is currently on the cover of the latest issue of The Source Magazine with Juicy J) and a few handful of others also help to sonically shape the album. True to its name, Juicy J Stays Trippy throughout his ride, providing listeners with a drug-laced and joyful soundtrack to his life.
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