This should be a fun revisit right here. Now, I know I've talked about this on the blog previously, but before I get to this retrospective, I got a story to tell. Around the time this mixtape dropped (I know it was in '97, but the actual release date remains unknown, to me that is, lol, probably came out in either March or April), I was already familiar with a respectable number of DJs on the mixtape scene thanks to the likes of Doo Wop, DJ Clue, Craig G, Ron G, S&S, Kid Capri, etc. In the summer of '97 (STILL my BEST summer EVER, lol), I was with my uncle Joe, also a hip hop fan, and through a connection he had at the time, he had a great number of mixtapes, joints from Clue, DJ Envy, Dirty Harry and of course, DJ Juice. I bumped a few of these, specifically Clue's "Show Me The Money" and Dirty Harry's "Off The Hook Pt. 2: For A Few Dollars More" (the latter I still own), but the joint that REALLY caught my ears was Juice's "Volume 34." Man, I thought it was such a dope, creative mixtape when I first heard it, so of course it didn't take me long to ask Joe to borrow it, lol. I was amazed at the aforementioned creativity and skills displayed throughout the mixtape and trust me I'll have more to say about it as we proceed with this retrospective. Needless to say, I've been a fan of Juice ever since and this year (2017) will mark 20 years of support for him. So, without any further delay, let's get right to this retrospective highlighting DJ Juice's "Volume 34."
(Oh and before I get started, I'm not going to post links to every song outside of one notable freestyle and a few "exclusives." I also won't cover the songs in depth, respectively, only highlighting certain aspects here and there.)