Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Mixtape Video Blend DVD Review: DJ Juice, Volume 77, "I Am Thee Nicest Ever"

This is history in the making right here, my FIRST review of a DJ Juice creation! Before you check out this review, you have to view my post from last year and be brought up to date regarding my support for the Real DJ Juice. Check it out below!



Now before I begin the actual review, allow me to detail what "mixtape video blendz" are, along with some history. I gotta do it, lol. DJ Juice is the originator/innovator/creator of the mixtape video blendz (as of late 2005). You see, after the "traditional mixtapes" he released in the 90s, Juice decided to just make his mixtapes ALL blendz, mostly R&B but a little hip hop here and there. No matter what this man created, it was something excellent, as the skills and creativity are simply second to none. In late 2005, he released his first mixtape video blendz DVD (with an accompanying CD), "Volume 63, 50/50" and that's where it began. The same blendz you would hear on the CD, he masterfully put those same blendz on DVD. I'm not talking about "simple clips" either. This man used creative, mind blowing technology, WELL timed concepts, and eloquent coloring and imaging to deliver a new form of watching videos, always GREAT to watch. (I am biased ok, lol) After each DVD he puts out, I always ask, "what's next", and I'm usually one of the first to cop it.

Before I start the review, I want to make a few things clear. Within the last few years, Juice has blended the songs of some artists I'm not a fan of, however, in these RARE instances, the material I normally wouldn't be caught listening to gets a pass. In this case, it's not about the artists, respectively, it's about Juice and his remarkable skills with the (video) blendz (so this post won't be about how much I don't like this song or that artist). Also for this DVD, Juice brought along DJ Mellstar and DJ Daddee Ice for the ride

So FINALLY after all these words, let's get to the review!!!





The title "I Am Thee Nicest", is a tribute to the late, great Big Pun, as those opening words come from the "Leatherface" track, as well as a reflection as to where Juice sees himself at this point in his career. 

 To begin, the song listed at the top represents the acapella, the bottom song is the instrumental.



4 STAR BLEND HIGHLIGHTS

Intro
Juice begins things with a "conceptual intro" that he's known for, this time utilizing the "Pimp Counsel" scene from the movie "Black Dynamite", highlighting where the mixtape game is in his view, then it's on to the second part of the intro, with Red Cafe's "Hottest in the Hood" serving as the instrumental background, basically saying he's back!

Drake - Started From The Bottom
b/w
The Notorious B.I.G. - F***** You Tonight

After the intro we head right into this nice blend, as Juice blends "Started From The Bottom" in its entirety. It fits well with the Biggie instrumental.


AND NOW FOR OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION...............


Young Jeezy f/ 2 Chainz - R.I.P.
b/w
Brand Nubian - Don't Let It Go To Your Head

  (It's about to go down! -Jay Z)

Going into this blend, I didn't expect to see any clips from Brand Nubian's video, and I was right, lol. It's all good though, much like this blend overall.

 (Damn that's hot! -Missy Elliott)


Justin Timberlake f/ Jay Z - Suit & Tie
b/w
Nas - Dr. Knockboot
Method Man & Redman - Y.O.U.
Mobb Deep - Quiet Storm
Jay-Z - Guilty Until Proven Innocent

(......This is it! -KRS-One)

What a NICE blend this was, and trust me, NO ONE knows how to use multiple instrumentals with an acapella (or vice versa) like Juice does. Here we get four of them, as he slowed things up for Justin with the first 3, then it was also dope how he used the "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" beat for Jay's verse, with the accompanying clips from that same video as well.


Tamia - Beautiful Surprise

Cassie - Me & U <--- This was also blended on Volume 66, with the aforementioned Brand Nubian beat.
David Bowe - Let's Dance <--- Return to the classics!!!
French Montana - Freaks <--- This one was so hot he had to bring it back, one mo time!!
b/w
Jay-Z - Money Ain't A Thang

"Money Ain't A Thang" provides the instrumental muscle (with nicely "mixed in" video clips) for this TIGHT blend. 


We then have a "creative concept" moment featuring a clip from the "Django Unchained" movie.


Juicy J - Bandz A Make Her Dance
Future - Neva End
b/w
Aaliyah - One In A Million

This would've been SO much better if clips of Aaliyah's video were mixed in, but as it stands, as much as I DON'T like that Juicy J song (I couldn't resist, lol), this is a DOPE blend with the "One In A Million" instrumental.

Trey Songz - Hail Mary
French Montana - Pop That
Fantasia - Truth Is <--- This was blended before on Volume 62 w/ a Chingy instrumental (can't recall the name of the song) and Jodeci's "Freek N You (Remix)
Kendrick Lamar - Poetic Justice
Future - Karate Chop
b/w
MMG - Bag Of Money

Mixed in with clips from the "Bag Of Money" video, all four of these songs fit SO well with that instrumental, and it bangs too. Speaking of banging, you have to check out the "creative concept" towards the end when  Juice blends Future's "Karate Chop". He mixes in clips from the "Deep Cover" movie (fits the song too), making Future sound better than he actually does. Thumbs up all around.

Nicki Minaj - Beez In The Trap
b/w
Ja Rule - I Cry

Nicki's silly song aside, this was a tight blend. I like the video too, as well as how Juice had the actual video in the middle of the screen, with other clips from it on the right side. Marvelous. (Sidenote: Say what you will about Nicki, but from a man's point of view, she's easy on the eyes.)

Kayla Brianna - I Got That
b/w
Jodeci - Freek N You (Remix)
Shyne - Bad Boyz

I don't think Jodeci ever made a video for that classic, however, clips from Shyne's video were mixed in pretty good for this tight blend. Haven't seen that video since the year 2000, lol!

SWV - Can We <--- Volume 34 was the place for this when Juice blended it the first time, with Slick Rick's "Hey Young World", only the repeated portion before the beat dropped.
b/w
Nicki Minaj - I Am Your Leader

Although I would prefer the blend from Volume 34, this was another tight one. Juice always blended SWV/Coko so well, and this was no exception, especially with SWV video playing in the middle and the Nicki video on the right side.

Marcus Canty - In & Out
b/w
Dr. Dre - The Message

Only clips of Mr. Canty's video was present here (there's no video for The Message). Very good on this one.

Jay-Z & R. Kelly - Body
Fabolous - Make Me Bottom
b/w
Drake - Started From The Bottom

For starters, the first part was another dope blend, but the NOTABLE part is the video. I could've done with the clips from Drake's video. Why? Well, Juice again gets creative, and uses about a minute and some change of a BODACIOUS model (didn't get her name), courtesy of the World Star Hip Hop site, dancing provocatively and let me tell you something, the clips speak for themselves. For the fellas, it HAS to be seen to be appreciated. And yes, Fab's "Make Me Better" sounds great with the Drake joint.

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
b/w
Jay-Z - Renegade

We all know there was no video for the Jay and Eminem classic "Renegade", but this video blend is notable for its creativity, in that Juice not only uses Alicia's video, but he works clips from Olympic star Gabrielle Douglas, showing that she was on fire as well with her olympic skills! Tight all around.

State Property - Roc The Mic
b/w
????

For the life of me I can't determine whose instrumental was used here, but my immediate guess is a Havoc instrumental (I'll do my research). DOPE blend nonetheless.I also like how Juice uses the Pain In Da Ass "ok I'm reloaded" soundbite prior to the blend. Is that a small hint at "I'm Reloaded Part 3"? I hope so.

Rihanna - Diamonds
b/w
Black Moon - Headz Ain't Ready

I didn't expect this Black Moon classic to be on this one, with the video clips too, and it works well with Rihanna's hit.

Dr. Dre - Nuthin But A G Thang
Young Jeezy - Go Crazy & And Then What
b/w
Miguel - Adorn

"Nuthin But A G Thang" sounds SMOOTH when blended with "Adorn", and it's better than the Jeezy blends that followed it, respectively, but they were decent too.

Ashanti - Happy
b/w
Jay-Z - Public Service Announcement

This blend knocks the actual version of "Baby" out of the park in my opinion!

R. Kelly - Feelin Single
b/w
Tyga - Dope

I'm not an R. Kelly fan (or of Tyga at that), but this blend was dope and I like how the instrumental sounded with it.

Wale - Bad
b/w
R. Kelly - Feelin On Yo Booty

I literally don't care for this Wale song, but hot damn it sounded good when blended with "Feelin On Yo Booty".


There you have it! Although there were a total of 50 blendz on this DVD, the ones mentioned above are indeed HIGHLIGHTS. DJ Juice has done it again (I always say that) with this DVD, and he lives up to the title (I Am Thee Nicest) like always. He always reinvents himself and CONTINUES to get better with each release, and of course I'm anticipating the next one, which brings me to that next release.


HOTTEST DJs IN THE HOOD PART 2
Part 1 was NICE, but take a look at the lineup of DJs for this one, and I'm expecting this to be a double DVD set!

Juice
Ron G
Craig G
Mell Star
Kay Slay
Pauly D
Rob Deniro
Selecta Bam Bam
Chill Will
Rob E Rob
Chubby Chub
Mars
Kid Nu
Krazee Rae
Daddee Ice
Fatha Ramzee
Fade
Mic B

That's a HELL of a lineup for one DVD set. My anticipation is already there and I'm sure it's going to be awesome.

Overall, "I Am Thee Nicest" was another excellent DVD in a LONG list of them, and it's likely his most fast paced one yet. My highlights up top actually don't do this justice, lol, as it must be seen to be truly appreciated. I mentioned the words creative and creativity a lot, because it's definitely on display here like always. Job well done Juice!!


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