Juicy J's new single is pretty suitable for the strip clubs. Trey's on the hook; Wale repays the guest verse for The Gifted, and both his and Juicy's flow are quite slick. Strip club anthems aren't quite my flavor, but if it is for you, I feel like this would be on the upper echelon of those songs. Expect to see this one off Juicy's upcoming album, Stay Trippy.
Juicy J fans, here's an intriguing new project to look forward to. I like the idea of a mini mixtape. Just 4 tracks for today's ADD-listening audience, complete with some visuals as well. Catch up on Juicy J's latest release as well as Ant's review of his set at Soundset below! Stay Trippy still set for July 2nd.
First, the coolest of the news for Big Sean: he graces this mural in his hometown of Detroit with fellow D-Town artists Mike Posner, SAYITAINTTONE, and Earlly Mac. That's a "Mama we made it!" moment if I've ever seen one. The mural looks dope! Congrats to all the artist involved.
One more Big Sean note: he spoke with MTV about working with Eminem after it was revealed he was in the studio with him last month. Sean says the collab will be a "Detroit classic" and is not sure whose album it'll appear on just yet. Watch the interview below.
A couple more news and notes: DJ Paul confirmed to HHDX that some Three 6 Mafia members are reuniting for a new group called Da Mafia 6iX. They all are: Gangsta Boo, Koopsta Knicca, Lord Infamous and Crunchy Black. Here's DJ Paul on talking with Juicy J:
"Given his absence in the new group, Paul also added that he has remained on good terms and is often in contact with Juicy J though they no longer collaborate musically: “We still talk. But no, I’m not on his album and we haven’t did nothing musically. But we still talk because we still own all the companies together, we still get big checks together, so we still talk business stuff but I’m not on the album."
- Juicy J
And finally, a picture below was on Pharrell's Facebook page today; a studio session with Wiz Khalifa, Akon, Kelly Rowland, and Amber Rose was there. I thought I saw a photo of this before, but nevertheless, here it is. Should be a good collab.
Can't believe a whole week has gone by since Rhymesayers Entertainment held it down in Minnesota with their annual Soundset festival. A festival which in my opinion is one of the more entertaining festivals to go to each year. That mainly due to the amount of activity taking place inside Canturbery Park. It's literally the Hip Hop culture down to the tee. You got some of the biggest names in Hip Hop holding it down on several stages mixed with an array of beautiful cars lined up for the car show, and a live view of some of the more respected (street)artists in the game throwing down on an Ironlak sponsored P wall. You can bet that you'll be instore for a great time if the climate works in your favor.
Unfortunately for me...the weather didn't play nice this year. 2013 forced out the jackets and hoodies as a cold and gloomy atmosphere took over pretty much the entire day. Still that wasn't going to slow down or stop anyone from having a good time. So I made my rounds from end to end exploring, observing, and listening. This year I was fortunate enough to have caught a bit of every artist I was most looking forward to seeing take the stage. A hand full of them putting on a great set. Artists like Juicy J and Joey Bada$$ were among the few talents who kept a hype crowd. Other acts like Schoolboy Q and Mac Miller lost a few of us throughout their set.
Juicy J pretty much lived up to the performance I expected out of him. He kept his character and really got the crowd turned up performing hit records such as "Bandz A Make Her Dance," and Three 6 Mafia classics like "Stay Fly." Artists Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright, and A$AP Ferg were among some of the more impressive acts, who much like Juicy J kept me in tune throughout their entire sets. It's too bad I can't say the same about Mac Miller or Schoolboy Q who both lost me and a crowd of others throughout each of their sets. In my opinion Mac is just a terrible performer and Schoolboy Q just had his tracking all out of wack. I don't know about y'all....but I expect every performer to come with the hype and keep every fan engaged at an event as big as Soundset.
Overall I'd give the Rhymesayers crew a thumb and a half up for putting on yet another well executed fest. Their issues with press check in keeps the other half of the thumb however. Seemed as if they had quite a handful of issues in that department. Next year is another year though. I look forward to returning each May for several years to come. I only see this festival getting bigger and bigger as each year goes by.
As Memorial Weekend comes to an end I got a chance to see some great shows at the Metro.
This past Friday Juicy J, and A$AP Ferg performed live. I had to host a party at Big City Tap down the street so it kinda sucks I had to leave early. I only got a chance to catch 15 min of Juicy but caught all of A$AP. Here’s my .02 just as a listener.
A$AP comes out of the A$AP Mob of course. I’m really not super familiar with his music to be honest. Maybe because when you think anything A$AP you think Rocky. For some reason I was never curious to check any of his other crew. But, I think thats a good thing cause when I see an artist I judge them if they make me feel something. I listen to the lyrics, and how they interact with the audience. So, what I saw that night was 2 dudes dressed in light blue Pyrex hoodies and shorts rush the stage. Tons of energy and stage diving was the constant theme. I loved that. But, I just wasn’t really vibing the music. It was alot of the track playing in the background so it was hard to hear his voice on top of the music. The hype for me wasn’t really the tracks he performed but more the energy they brought onstage. In short for me it was more hype than vocal ability, and artistic presence.
Juicy J took the stage shortly after, and kicked it off with some bangers like “Show Out”. His presence is super dope. He doesn’t go insane and stage dive but it’s hard to explain. He just reads the crowd well and his little catch phrases we follow. He did “Codeine Cups”, and the crowd as expected knew every word. Juicy’s the type of artist I can watch and rock out to, but at the same time, totally just chill and listen to without being bored. His live performances are pretty entertaining. Maybe it’s all the damn “We Trippy Mane” shirts, or “Turnt Up” hats I see everywhere. Or, maybe it’s his constant love for strippers and strip clubs LOL.