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Juicy J “Stay Trippy”
I haven’t heard the new Nine Inch Nails album yet, but I’m almost sure that “Hesitation Marks” won’t go nearly as hard as this Academy Award winner’s album. Juicy J is most commonly known as a member of Memphis-based hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, who, against all odds, won the Academy Award for “Best Original Song” for the song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” which was the theme to the film “Hustle and Flow.” Although Three 6 Mafia haven’t exactly dominated the charts since then, main member Juicy J has dominated the headlines for his known love for twerking. He even, jokingly, offered a $50,000 scholarship to whoever sent him the best twerking video (citation needed).
“Stay Trippy” is the third solo album by Juicy J, and it’s one of the most fun hip hop albums of the year. Now, hip hop purists beware, Juicy J has never claimed to be a great lyricist, so don’t expect anything mind-blowing here. It’s just some extremely catchy hooks, hard-hitting and otherwise very well done production, and great guest contributions. It basically did everything right that Big Sean’s “Hall of Fame” didn’t. And what’s crazy is that even some of the not-so-great artists on this album deliver some pretty good guest verses. I actually didn’t tune out during any of Wiz Khalifa’s verses, even though I think most of his solo albums are abysmal.
The greatest thing about “Stay Trippy” is that it has a sense of humor about itself, and doesn’t take itself too seriously at all. Juicy J raps about hoes, guns, weed, money, twerking, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it. He’s putting out the ridiculous, ig’nant, fun album that he wants to put out, and he does it far better than Big Sean did it (although not quite as good as newcomer A$AP Ferg). Are you looking for an album that, in the words of Dead End Hip Hop’s Feefo, bumps in the whip? “Stay Trippy” is the album you’re looking for. It’ll also serve as the soundtrack to every autumn party you attend.
Another great thing about “Stay Trippy” is that it’s consistent. You won’t really need to skip any tracks because they’re all fun, care-free, and extremely well produced. In fact, a lot of the beats are not really the kind of beats you’d see in an average trap album. “Talkin’ Bout” is one of the cloudier beats on the album, whereas “All I Blow Is Loud” is more of a classic trap-flavored beat, supplied by Lex Luger no less.
“Stay Trippy” will not be a universally beloved album by any means, but it’s very consistent and very fun to listen to. It’s fairly simple, lyrically speaking, but it keeps me listening because it’s catchy and doesn’t try to disguise itself as something it’s not, which is part of what drew me to A$AP Ferg’s “Trap Lord,” too, although “Trap Lord” was more lyrically interesting. So if you are looking for a great hip hop album, check out “Stay Trippy.” The production should have any audiophile coming back, but the ridiculous hooks and lyrics should definitely draw in any hip hop fan that isn’t “above” a good ig’nant album.
SCORE – 7.4
FAVORITE TRACKS – Stop It, Smokin’ Rollin’ (feat. Pimp C), So Much Money, Gun Plus A Mask (feat. Yelawolf), Smoke A Nigga (feat. Wiz Khalifa), The Woods (feat. Justin Timberlake), All I Blow Is Loud, Bandz A Make Her Dance (feat. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz), Scholarship (feat. A$AP Rocky)