Juicy J is not playing keep-away with the young rappers following his example.
Juicy sat down with Rolling Stone to cover a broad spectrum of subjects which all seemed to commemorate his legacy in terms made oh so obvious by the new generation's imitation of his sound. One thing about the tone of the interview which strikes me as odd, is the way Rolling Stone frames the write-up as a send off into retirement. Juicy J is possibly more prolific than he was in his heyday with Triple Six. He's seen his friends pass away, retire, move onto other pastures, and yet his formula for longevity appears impenetrable.
The greatest takeaway from the interview is his optimistic outlook on the future and the present of rap. When asked to share his feelings about his "Slob on my Knob" verse seeing new light through vocal interpolation, he was surprisingly willing to pass on the torch. The new generation exemplified by ASAP Ferg who asked permission to record "Plain Jane," are showing dueful respect to the originator.
Juicy J wrote "Slob on my Knob" in the eleventh grade and later recorded it on a 4-track with Project Pat. The moment he knew his song had become a watershed moment for the movement was after he landed in Japan.
"I know people in the States know about the song, but I was just, like, way over in Japan they know the words to "Slob on the Knob." It just fucked me up, you know what I'm saying? I'm in Japan and people knowin' who I am. I was walking down the street to go into McDonalds, and they walked up to me like, "Yo, Juicy J!" And I was like, "Y'all know who I am? Damn."
Check the whole Q&A here.