Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Artist of the Day- Juicy J

I think what I like most about Juicy J is you don't have to be a fan of Three 6 Mafia, or rap in general, to like him. Juicy J "lives what he raps about," which is, far more often than not, doing drugs in all forms. You'd be hard pressed to find a kid out there who hasn't heard "Bandz a Make Her Dance," and that's really just the tip of the iceberg. With lines like "these bitches clappin and they ain't usin hands," and "you say no to ratchet pussy, Juicy J can't," it's an unconventional hit, without a doubt riding the waves of 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne to the top of the charts, but presents us the Juicy J lifestyle: anything with questionable merit is up his alley. Fan favorites "Juicy J Can't" and "Zip and a Double Cup" remind the listener that "You say no to drugs, Juicy J can't." This is funny, not only because most fans don't say no to drugs (his slogan is Stay Trippy), but also because the man physically cannot turn down drugs. They're too appealing, too fun, too easy to rhyme about for Juicy to reject. Thus, lyrical excellence is not on his mind- sample lyric: "I am so fucked up/playing PS3"— but a laidback flow and a poppin atmosphere make Juicy J's solo stuff incredibly fun. His best mixtape, Rubba Band Business 2, is produced by Bricksquad wunderkind Lex Luger and is replete with incredible beats and sneaky earworms that will have you muttering inanities like "I gotta get some weed every morning just to medicate" under your breath. Backpackers beware: this is as easy listening as rap gets; one need just kick his or her feet up, plug in some Beats (if you disrespect your eardrums) and zone out to have a good time. Drugs recommended but definitely not required.

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