Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A review of Juicy J's "Stay Trippy"

Faithful reader, don't, I repeat, don't adjust your screen, lol! Yes, by slight popular demand, your's truly is reviewing Juicy J's new album, "Stay Trippy". It's only fair to let you know that I've never been a fan of Juicy J or anything that has come out of the Three 6 Mafia camp. Now, I will say that their production (DJ Paul & Juicy J) was mostly good based on what I've heard, and the ONLY three songs that got my head bobbin were "Who Run It", "Stay Fly" and "Break Da Law 2001", but that's it right there. LONG story short, the ignorant lyrics and repetitive as hell subject matter has always been a turnoff to me, and although I'm going to be objective as usual, for you, I expect that going into this album. So without further ado, let's get right to it. Enjoy!

1. Stop It
Produced By: Mike WILL Made It, Co-Produced By: Marz

Well, this opener is what I expected, J telling the haters to stop hatin, nothing we haven't heard before. The beat, while good, is something you would hear on the radio and TV on any given day.
Thumbs SLIGHTLY in the middle

2. Smokin Rollin (featuring Pimp C)
Produced By: Juicy J & Crazy Mike

I really like the beat on this one. Juicy J did "ok" with his verse. Before he dropped a good line (i"Im chasin after that long money and I don't take no short cuts"), he said "my swag belongs on the short bus", and that right there made me shake my head, along with him being excited about sipping various drinks (and drugs) that have cost the lives of many. And Pimp C's posthumous verse was sequenced very well, although it ends abruptly.
Thumbs Up

3. No Heart No Love (featuring Project Pat)
Produced By: Young Chop

I've never been a fan of Project Pat, and outside of when and how the beat stops twice during his verse, it honestly does nothing for me, much like this song, which is nothing we haven't heard done before and better. The beat was ok, but nothing special.
Thumbs down

4. So Much Money
Produced By: Lex Luger, Co-Produced By: Juicy J & Crazy Mike

Oh man, look at the title of this song and tell me you don't know what it's about. Again, it's nothing we haven't heard before. The beat knocks though, I'll give it that.
Thumbs in the middle, ONLY because of the beat

5. Bounce It (featuring Wale & Trey Songz)
Produced By: Dr. Luke, Cirkut & Baby E

I'll admit, this song would be great in a strip club, otherwise, this is your standard song aimed squarely at the females, hence the Trey Songz and Wale features. And yes, Wale's verse was what I expected, because all he seems to be good at doing is creating verses for the women. Again, I'm NOT a sexist, just calling it like I see it, in this case hear it.
Thumbs down

6. Wax
Produced By: Juicy J & Crazy Mike

The only thing I have to say about this song is that the smoker's will love it, only if you turn your brain off and check out of reality while listening to it.
Thumbs down

7. Gun Plus A Mask (featuring Yelawolf)
Produced By: Juicy J & Crazy Mike

I must ask, what the hell is up with these abrupt endings on these songs? Moving on, Juicy J's verse was the same as usual, which is not saying anything at all. Yelawolf, on the other hand, started off well enough, but then towards the end he was all over the place.
Thumbs SLIGHTLY in the middle, leaning towards down

8. Smoke a Nigga (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
Produced By: Mike WILL Made It

Strictly for the smokers the way I see it, on both ends of the spectrum (the guns and the weed), and Wiz Khalifa knows the latter all too well.
Thumbs in the middle, mostly because of the beat

9. Show Out (featuring Young Jeezy & Big Sean)
Apply titled is the only way I can describe this song, and again, it's NOTHING we haven't heard before. Jeezy came off like this was 2005 all over again and Big Sean added nothing with his verse, ditto for Juicy J. Next.
Thumbs down

10. The Woods (featuring Justin Timberlake)
Produced By: Timbaland

Although this is your standard "chick track", it's more of the same, Tim's beat was good and Justin continues to bless hooks this year.
Thumbs SLIGHTLY in the middle

11. Money a Do It
Produced By: Juicy J & Crazy Mike

  Oh God, I'm not hating at all, but give it a rest already with the "money" topic. And lyrically, it's THE SAME OL THING, NO diversity. Smh. On the "bright" side, I like the beat.
Thumbs down

12. Talkin Bout (featuring Wiz Khalifa & Chris Brown)
Produced By: ID Labs, SAP & Ritz Reynolds

  J starts this one off  by saying "let's get ratchet". Smh, whatever [lol]. I can't quite put my finger on why, but there was something I liked about this song, possibly the best one on this album. 
Thumbs SLIGHTLY up

13. All I Blow Is Loud
Produced By: Lex Luger 

"All I Blow Is Loud", what the hell kind of song title is that, smh+lol. You know what, let's move on, I have nothing else to add to this.
Thumbs down

14. Bandz a Make Her Dance (featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Produced By: Mike WILL Made It, Co-Produced By: J-Bo

Smh, I've made it clear I've never liked this song, and revisiting it is NOT going to change my mind. The only thing I will say is that my girlfriend likes it, because of the beat and how silly it is.
Thumbs down

15. Scholarship (featuring A$AP Rocky)
Produced By: Dr. Luke

"Keep twerkin baby, might earn you a scholarship". SMH, and you know I'm tired of ANY form of the word "twerk". Also, I refuse to further comment on the equating of "twerking" to "earn a scholarship". He even recently offered an aforementioned scholarship to a girl who could twerk. Without trying to take it TOO seriously, do you, dear reader, see how silly and ignorant this is??   
Thumbs down

16. If I Ain't
Produced By: Lex Luger

Well, what a way to close this album, with the SAME repetitive subject matter. And did this cat say "high like Bobby and Whitney", smh? Let's get to the final words shall we.
Thumbs down

For starters, I wasn't going into this album expecting the next "Illmatic" or "Reasonable Doubt", which is literally impossible for an album like this. Well, I honestly was objective as possible, but the bottom line I wasn't impressed. Over the course of "Stay Trippy" (what the hell does that mean anyway, smh), it was the same thing over and over again, ad nauseum (money, clothes, cars, women, stripping, smoking, drinking, strip clubs, money, killing, money, money, and more money, etc), and bias/traditional feelings aside, I simply don't want to hear that for an entire album, and that's my honest opinion about it. I respect Juicy J, but musically, this doesn't cut it for me. Some may say, enjoy it for its entertainment factor. I can understand that, but I want more in my music, and this album did not provide that. Overall, this gets a thumbs down from me and I never want to hear this album again. 

Thanks for reading!

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